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    • andy1886
    • By andy1886 4th May 17, 9:59 AM
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    Seven Year Plan
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    • 4th May 17, 9:59 AM
    Seven Year Plan 4th May 17 at 9:59 AM
    Hello this is my diary to plot the events along the way to what hopefully will become a journey to mortgage free existence . A little bit about me , I have lived in our current property for 16 years and there are 13 years left on our mortgage with a balance of £45 000 . The previous 2 years we have lived debt free other than the mortgage having being in debt to the tune of £19 000 and on a debt management plan for the 7 years before that . These debts accrued through daily life bringing 3 kids up on one income . During the time on the dmp we cut our spending back and were motivated by the balance falling and the debt free date getting ever nearer . Through the dark days , and there were many , the thoughts of what to spend the surplus money on when debt free kept us going but as of now we have found it hard to justify spending on stuff that we think we want but don't need . This means other than a new suite and decorating , and other jobs that needed doing we are reassessing our future .
    We have thought of moving to a nicer area but the houses and areas we like would put us in a lot higher but manageable position and we still have 2 kids at home and want to move when the requirements are just the 2 of us so I feel the best way to pass time is to overpay on our mortgage . We currently are on a 5 year fix which finishes next leap year day , just under 3 years away . I think we can afford to overpay £200 a month but don't know how to go about this , whether to set up a standing order or just pay over the counter each month . If we can achieve this we are looking at about 7 years to becoming mortgage free and I would like to use this diary to plot the months in the same way as I used a debt free diary to get through the dmp . I apologise for the long post but wanted to give an introduction before listening to any advice and questions from anybody .
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    • andy1886
    • By andy1886 13th Jun 17, 5:05 AM
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    I went down to my local branch of my mortgage provider yesterday and transferred £250 from my bill account to my mortgage account so total overpayments now stand at £500 .
    I have also got some information about how to access my statements online so I will set this up this week and then be able to have real figures to see the effect of the overpayments , see the balance and have goals of the balance dropping .
    • Jessy103
    • By Jessy103 13th Jun 17, 12:44 PM
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    Congratulations on paying off your debts and I wish you the best of luck with your mortgage free journey! The people on this forum are just amazing at giving support and motivation!
    Original Mortgage Amount 2007 - £87,310.50
    Mortgage Amount April 2017 - £64,990.00
    Overpayment Target for 2017 - £5,000 /£2,672.76
    Jan - £873.26 Feb - £185.38 March - £269.07 April - £193.66 May - £467.64 June - £407.79 July - £275.96
    • andy1886
    • By andy1886 7th Jul 17, 10:13 AM
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    Well finally sorted out my online banking . I went into my local branch to ask about finding out about getting statements but I can only get an annual one , so I found out what I needed to set it up and finally did it . I have made another £250 overpayment and my balance is now £43272 . A full month at work in front of me so spending should be minimal so looking good for this month . No bills due either so another overpayment should be achievable this month .
    • allmannerofthings
    • By allmannerofthings 21st Jul 17, 1:40 PM
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    That's great you've sorted out online banking - I don't know what I would do without it, it's so convenient and I do like to watch the mortgage numbers go down!
    Mortgage March 2017 borrowed £115,000. Balance July 2017 £110,755.67
    Overpayments 2017 £2610/Target £5000
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