Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mortgage Balance (UPDATE) - January 2019

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 $856,408 (down $6,491 in the last 30-days). The housing market throughout California appears to be slowing down. We are seeing more inventory and houses staying on the market for longer. Normally, this would be seen as bad news to most, but my wife and I are contemplating the possibility of moving. We both have aging parents whom may eventually need us to help care for them. Our home does not have a down stairs bedroom so that would be a huge problems since we can't realistically expect them to climb the stairs each and every day in the old age. Our plans may take us on a different path this coming year. Stay tuned! ;)

Mortgage Balance (As of January 1st):
$244,164(down $2010 from our December post)

Percentage Owed:
28.5% (has remained the same since our December post)

Home Equity
$612,244 (down  $4,197 from our December 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 8 years and 5 months (101 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 5 months (111 months) left on our mortgage. Nevertheless, I would like to have it paid off in roughly 8 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 for as long as possible 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 5-7 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. Great work and a new move can be very exciting. Hopefully it all works out for you. Thanks for giving us an update.

  2. AFFJ -

    Love seeing the balance trickle down, each and every month. At 2.875%, I don't blame you for not making full extra payments. Thoughts on applying credit card cash back towards the balance to make the gap between retirement and mortgage closer?


  3. Wow 2.875%! and I was happy with my 3.375% 30yr fixed. Have you tried to play with models to see what you need to grow on the outside to eventually just write that big check? For example, if your non-qualified assets (with additions) growing at X% compared to the pay down on the mortgage there would a crossover in year/month Z?

  4. Sounds like the right strategy if you're thinking longer-term - the compound impact of investing outside the mortgage should ultimately win out. Good luck with the home move if it happens - both and exciting and a daunting experience!

    Cheers, Frankie