How to Celebrate Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

You’re mortgage free! Congratulations!

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.

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$400,000 Home Paid Off in Less Than 4 Years

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.”

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Money Plans After the Mortgage is Paid Off?

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.

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Mortgage 101: Rates, Rentals and the Great Recession – with Tony Gatliff

You have been persistent, you’ve become best friends with Zillow and your hard work has paid off. You have finally found your dream home. Now, it’s time for the important next step of choosing your mortgage.

Some crucial questions start to pop into your head:

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How Are Your 2017 Goals Going?

Tomorrow is the 241st anniversary of the United States of America declaring its independence from Great Britain. While I’m preparing to spend a fun family day filled with hot dogs, beers, and fireworks, I remembered that I also made a declaration of my own at the beginning of the year about my goals for 2017. We’re halfway done with the year so I thought I’d check in, share my progress and hopefully, you’ll do the same with me.

In December, I declared that I would do two things by the end of the year: Pay off my mortgage and run my first marathon. So where am I in my progress?

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What Our Mortgage Freedom Looks Like at 35

The home mortgage is quite often the largest expense in your typical annual budget. Since your mortgage eats up such a huge chunk of your monthly income, completely ridding yourself of it could be quite freeing.

My wife Nicole and I completely agree with this sentiment of mortgage freedom. We’re just not interested in having a mortgage anymore. So, we’re getting rid of it.

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2017 Goals: Marathon, Mortgage, Millionaire

2017 is right around the corner!  

I’ve made some exciting and challenging goals for myself for the new year.  Some are short-term and some are long term.  I like to dream big with my goals, but also infuse some reality into the process.

2017 is my “M&M&M” year … Marathon, Mortgage and Millionaire.

Goal 1:  Marathon

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5 Reasons to Choose a 15-Year Mortgage

3 years ago, Nicole and I moved into our forever house.  It was love at first sight.

Compared to our previous 1,100 square foot bungalow, this new tri-level home had a bigger yard, an open floor plan and neighbors that became instant friends of ours.

When it came time to choosing the mortgage, we didn’t want our dream home to turn into a nightmare.

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Keep the Mortgage for Tax Savings?

My mother-in-law, my wife Nicole and I were standing in our kitchen the other day catching up on life.  In conversation, Nicole brought up the fact that we’re one year away from paying off our mortgage and we’re excited to see what our life is like when we’re completely debt-free.  Our plans for annual vacations with the kids, starting a business and saving more for retirement all came up.

My mother-in-law was very interested in our decision and asked:

“Don’t you need to keep your mortgage for the tax benefits?”

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