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Prepay your mortgage – retire without a mortgage?

save_moneyI came across this information and thought it was worth a share.  Its scares me to think of retiring with a mortgage and if your making minimum payments on a long term mortgage, it should scare you.
The stats are no joke:
  • 43% of 55 year olds say they haven’t saved enough for retirement.
  • 50% of Canadians believe they’ll run out of money within 10 years of retiring.
  • 1 in 4 retirees bear the load of a mortgage.
  • 51% of today’s borrowers expect to carry a mortgage into retirement.

Imagine the trauma of depleting your savings, being without full-time income, and still having a mortgage payment. For some, it’s a doomsday financial scenario.

Luckily, there is a straightforward New Year’s resolution that can help forestall this outcome:

 Increasing one’s mortgage payments.

You don’t need to raise them by much. For someone with 20 years left on a mortgage, for example:

  • A 2% annual payment increase will retire that mortgage 3.6 years sooner
  • A 3.5% annual payment increase will retire it 5.3 years sooner
  • A 5% annual payment increase will end it 6.7 years sooner

(Assumes a static 3.49% interest rate for simplicity.)

Every extra $1 of principal that you pay down today saves a minimum of $1 in interest over a typical mortgage lifespan.

So, while you’re making New Year’s pledges to exercise more, eat better or the like, consider a resolution that dramatically improves your financial health. If you don’t have a better use of your free cash flow (i.e., you don’t have higher yielding investments, higher interest debt to pay off, etc.) then take a step towards the peace of mind of owning your home free and clear. Do what 60%of Canadian mortgagors never do, and voluntarily raise your mortgage payments.

For more information about your mortgage please feel free to call me at 1-888-819-6536.

Lisa Alentejano

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