• Welcome to the Mortgage Payoff Club! We're weird about paying off our mortgage crazy early.

    Inspired by Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" and the blog Budgets are Sexy, I decided to create this private club to help inspire its members to acheive a mortgage free life.

    Being a freelancer with an unsteady income, the idea of having no payments whatsoever is extremely alluring. We’ve already slayed the debt beast and the only thing left is the mortgage. Without extra payments it’ll be paid off in June of 2041!? I’ll be 65. I want to pay this thing off in my forties.

    Can I do it? Let's all do it. Get your username on that Leaderboard! We already have one member who paid off his house in freaking Silicon Valley, CA!!! of all places. Who will be next?

    Register here. (It's free!) Accounts are manually approved and it's a private site as I only want members who are seriously weird about paying off their mortgage crazy early .

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    It seems if your mortgage is paid off and you have a comfortable emergency fund you should be able to weather a pretty rough economic storm...
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    i was pretty fortunate to be employed during the last recession. I have a nagging fear that one day i may not be so lucky. Being debt free 100% is...
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    I also track my net worth in several ways... as you know from other threads, I love the Millionaire Next Door (And the new book, The New...

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Why payoff your mortgage? Freedom. I haven't had a car payment in 6 years and I REALLY love that feeling. Imaging that feeling but having a paid off house. That'd be bliss.

Why payoff your mortgage? Less stress. I'm freelance and the sole earner for my family of five. I've been blessed with working relatively constantly but that isn't guaranteed. Having a paid of mortgage would give me peace of mind and significantly reduce the worry that I have during the dry spells.

Why payoff your mortgage? Being completely an utterly DEBT FREE. Can you imagine not owing a cent to any bank?

People say it's pointless to payoff your mortgage as the rate is relatively low. (in our case it's 3.99%) That's still a lot of money going out the door that doesn't have to. Currently we pay around $900 in interest and dropping with each payment. That's money that I want for my own. Being in debt is also too much risk. Of course I don't want to pay off the mortgage and not have an emergency fund as money you put to pay off your mortgage is money that you can't really access anymore in case of an emergency. That being said paying down your mortgage as quickly as possible is definitely what I plan to do for all of the reasons above.

So this is why I started the Mortgage Payoff Club. Who's with me?
It is October, and arbitrarily this is the month I update my net worth tracking excels. I suppose it is odd to use an excel tool, when I already use Personal Capital which tracks net worth on a day to day basis, but I find that the annual exercise is a better perspective with much less noise. Since I am an engineer, it appeals to me to have regular health tracking metric for my finances. In my annual check up I like to benchmark our household using various methods to see how we are stacking up in terms of the amount and growth rate. Some of the metrics I use are:

- A projection of net worth based on salary and age from the book The Millionaire Next Door. I use a slightly modified version inspired by the blog the Simple Dollar , {Net Worth =(Age-22)*Household Income/5} . Twice this number is the true target to be considered a PAW or Prodigious Accumulator of Wealth. If you haven't read The Millionaire Next Door, I recommend you check it out. I picked up a used copy from a second hand book store cheap. Better yet, use your public library.

- Liquid Net Worth vs the 25-30 times annual basic spending. This is supposed to represent the amount required to be financially independent, so I could use the 4% withdrawal rule (I think I will more likely shoot for 2-3%) to live off my nest egg and retire. These numbers are especially important if you are looking to retire early ( I am not really looking to do that, but it is nice to have a choice). Paying off my house doesn't help me as much with this one since I only use liquid net worth, but once it is paid off my annual basic spending decreases by ~25% so my targets shift down.

-FTI score, this is one of the newest and one of my favorites. It stands for F#$% This Index, I stumbled upon it on Quora one day. The idea is similar to the 25-30 times annual basic spending. Essentially a score over 1000 translates into being able to live off your net worth without running out of money before you die. Would I ever pull the trigger with a score of 1000, HECK NO! Although, it does give me a marker to track and pass. FTI = Age x Net Worth / Yearly Expenses.

-Financial Samurai The Average Net Worth For The Above Average Married Couple. This one is pretty arbitrary, but I like it because not only does it breakdown targets for various ages, it breaks them down into various categories, Pretax, Taxable, and Home Equity. Additionally it allows me to look at growth rate targets by net worth amount, because it is a lot easier to double your net worth when it is $30K versus $3MM. There is also one for single people as well at Financial Samurai.

-All the other ones are pretty basic: annualized growth $/year, % growth rate per year, asset breakdown (Cash, investments, home equity, pension, vehicles).

So after crunching all the numbers we are looking to be on a pretty good track, with a growth rate of 13% and are still maintaining our PAW status. I am interested to see how the house pay off effects our growth rate, since all our extra dollars are currently boosting our net worth growth by paying down our mortgage liability. Once the house is paid off I plan to increase retirement savings among other savings, but I do not plan on spending every extra dollar on savings. The nice thing about the annual check up is that it is infrequent enough to get good perspective of our trajectory, but not so infrequent that we cannot still timely course correct if necessary.

So do you guys track your net worth? If so how frequently? What metrics do you benchmark yourself against?
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