Eliminating the largest debt in your life … Owning your home outright.
If you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “Well … you always have a mortgage. That’s just something you need to pay forever. No one pays off their mortgage.”
Well, I have a guest today that completely disagrees with that statement.
Talaat McNeely joins me today on the show to discuss how he and his wife, Tai, paid off their $330,000 mortgage in just 5 years. Not only did they complete this impressive feat incredibly fast, but they did it on a single income.
Our question of the month comes in from Luke from Indiana:
I was reading on your blog that you recently paid off your mortgage early. Congratulations!
I’m a Dave Ramsey guy like you and we’re getting close to baby step 6. I’m considering going heavy into paying off my mortgage like you did, but I’m also thinking it might be smarter for me to invest more for my retirement or just simply invest in the market. I also know market returns are unpredictable and we’re near all-time highs.
I have a 15-year mortgage at around 4% and the principal sits around $200,000. My wife and I are both working – we like what we do and combined we make around $200,000 per year. I feel like we could throw $50k per year at the mortgage and we’d be done in 4 years or less.
That could also be a good amount to throw at our retirement each year too.
What would you suggest for us? Should we pay off our mortgage or invest the money?
No student loans, credit card debt, personal loans, car payments and, yes … no mortgage.
After 7 years of educating myself, diligent planning and partnership with my wife, we officially do not owe a single dollar to anyone. (We do have a late fee for Moana at the library. Does that count?)
We’re incredibly excited about our young family’s future and the opportunities that our debt freedom has opened up for us.
In late 2017, we paid off the $195,000 mortgage on our dream home. After 4 years of focus and partnership with my wife Nicole, we’re now completely debt free and thrilled about the future ahead of us.
To help our two young children remember this family tree-changing moment in our lives, we decided to celebrate with them. Instead of just burning the mortgage and tipping back a few glasses of champagne (which we did too), we came up with a few unique ideas of our own like running through a “Mortgage Wall” and whacking a “Mortgage Piñata”!
The kids had a blast and so did we. This was a moment we wanted our kids to remember. It was the day we decided that our family was going to become debt free for life.
This was no small feat. Your hard work and dedication in paying off this massive debt should be celebrated.
But how do you celebrate something that only a fraction of the US population has done?
My family recently paid off the $195,000 mortgage on our home and we were asking ourselves this very question. We thought about painting our front door red or throwing a party with some close friends. After some spirited fun back and forth with my wife, we landed on four fun ideas that we could do together as a family.
The beautiful fall day outside of my office windows made it tough to concentrate that day. Not only were the leaves on the trees changing, our family’s financial situation was about to change as well.
Eventually, I made my way out of the office for the day and into the crisp autumn air. I took a deep breath to appreciate the moment and said to myself, “THIS is going to be a life changing day for our family.”
Last week, Nicole and I made a really FUN phone call. We reached out to our mortgage company and said that we’re ready to pay off our 15-year loan. It was awesome!
I honestly can’t believe we’re here! After 4 years of extra payments and me repeatedly telling my patient wife the monthly balance … our day has come!
On the call with the mortgage company I was thinking, “They’re going to tell me that I can’t pay it off for some reason. There’s going to be some sort of legal fine print that I didn’t read correctly.” Nope, it was a very nice woman who walked us through the process.