Friday, June 8, 2018

Mortgage Balance (UPDATE) - JUN 2018

If you have viewed our family's Net Worth Page, you probably already know that it does not include the equity in our home.  Although, we do realize that it is technically part of our overall net worth, we decided that since our home equity is not an asset that we can count on for income (unless we sell and buy something cheaper) we would exclude it from our net worth calculation.

For the purpose of this blog, we are more interested in documenting our loan balance rather than our home equity.  With that said, we will use the current Zillow value as our estimated home value and use it to figure out the percentage we owe on our home. For those interested, we will include the amount of our home equity, but know that we are less concerned with the equity since we have no plans to cash out or otherwise sell our home. Our main goal is to pay off our home on or before my retirement date. 

According to Zillow, our home is currently worth $859,825 (up $17,203 in the last 30-days). The traditional spring-summer spike in real estate has been great for property values, but the reality is whether or not it is up or down, it really doesn't mean much to us since we have no intention of selling our home.  We mainly post these updates to see the remaining mortgage balance and keep us motivated to push forward to be debt free (including our mortgage) one day!  

Mortgage Balance (As of Jun 1st):
$258,135 (down $1,977 from our May post)

Percentage Owed:
30.0% (down .5% from our May post)

Home Equity
$601,690 (up a whopping $11,561 from our May post)
Mortgage Background:
For those that have not read the Preface on our home equity, we currently hold a 15-year fixed rate mortgage at the incredibly low rate of 2.875%.  My goal is to retire within 9 years and 0 months (108 months) so we are setting out to pay off our mortgage on or before my retirement date. Right now we are a few months behind the target retirement date. Currently, we have approximately 9  years and 10 months (118 months) left on our mortgage. Nevertheless, I would like to have it paid off in roughly 8-9 years. If we accomplish that, I plan to use the money we use to pay our mortgage and aggressively build our passive income to help supplement our retirement and defer tapping into the 457K as long as we can so it can continue to grow. 

Right now we are not putting any extra money towards the principal given our low 2.875% interest rate. We feel that we could make our money grow faster by investing it and while keeping the money more liquid. At a certain point, maybe in 6-8 years, we may consider using some of the money from our investment accounts to wipe out the remaining mortgage balance.  Until then, we will continue to grow that money outside, rather than have it locked into our home.


  1. Looks like your making steady progress towards paying down your mortgage. Hopefully you will get back on track to completely paying it off by your target date.

    1. Yes, its pretty awesome to see the number drop each month. We are actually hoping to beat the target date by cashing in some of the gains from our dividend portfolio. Wish us luck! AFFJ

  2. Looks like your well on your way. That is such a great increase for you. I don't think it works similar to that here in Australia but overall looks pretty good. Well done!

    1. We are pretty lucky the real estate market in southern California is hot right now. The equity gains are impressive, but until we sell, it is just a paper gain. AFFJ

  3. AFFJ -

    That interest rate is looking awfully amazing, especially right now with the high rising interest rates. Agree on your continued approach to not pay any extra down.


    1. Yes, we refinanced at such a great time and rate. Its hard to pay extra towards principal. With such a low interest rate, we can find dividend stocks that pay us a better return than paying it down quicker. :)

      Thanks for stopping by Lanny. AFFJ