Sunday, May 16, 2021

Mortgage Balance (UPDATE) - May 2021


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 $952,124 ($29,319 in the last 30-days). Wow!! The housing market is out of control here in southern California. We heard from a neighbor that a home nearby sold for an unexpected $1.4 million dollars! While the home was roughly 600 square feet larger than ours, we still couldn't believe the home sold for as much as it did! If that is now the going rate in our neighborhood these days, contrary to what Zillow is showing, we think our home may possibly be worth over $1 million! 

Mortgage Balance (As of May 1st):
$186,130 (down $2,249 from our April post)

Percentage Owed:
19.5% (down .8% since our April post)

Home Equity
$765,994 (up $28,691 from our April 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 an awesome rate of 2.875%.  My goal is to retire within 6 years and 1 months (73 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 7 years and 2 months (81 months) left on our mortgage. Nevertheless, I would like to have it paid off in roughly 5 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, 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. Congrats on the increase in home equity. The more real estate prices increase, the more wealth home owners accumulate. :) Do you think prices will climb higher into next year or are we nearing the top now?

  2. AFFJ -

    Always nice seeing the margin widen!!


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