Aiming for Mortgage Free by 1st September 2018

edited 2 September 2013 at 8:01PM in Mortgage-Free Wannabe
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edited 2 September 2013 at 8:01PM in Mortgage-Free Wannabe
Hi all,

I've been a Virgin One account customer for some time and found it useful at times as it allowed me to over/under pay as and when I liked. However; they no longer honour their "always 0.5% above the bank of England rate" and haven't done so for some time and are no longer a cheap deal as they used to be. I decided to shop around for a new mortgage and am moving to Tesco on 1st August 2013 with a new starting balance of £40,000 over 10 years on a fixed 5 year term at 2.49%, then variable for the last 5 years. Property value is currently £180,000.

I can overpay by 20% per year. I have also set up a separate savings scheme to save £375 per month for the next 5 years, idea being at the end of the fixed term I will have enough saved to clear the balance and not be at the mercy of potentially higher interest rates.

So it all seems to be a great plan to be mortgage free in 5 years time and this is my thread to keep myself on track with the plans.

Alongside paying the mortgage, paying into the savings schemes, I intend to keep squirreling away money so that I can meet the 20% overpayment each year - that way, in 5 years time I will not need the lump sum of savings and it will be mine to squander on holidays, hookers & drugs (I only do one of these really and it usually involves Micky Mouse, so you can work out which it is!).

Here goes...Wish me luck...
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  • nattypantsnattypants Forumite
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    What a fantastic position to be in Andy! I am of course hugely envious, and my one piece of advice would be to go easy on the drugs ;)
    February13 - £74990 (or thereabouts)
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  • muddywhitechickenmuddywhitechicken Forumite
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    Good luck Andy :D
    Mortgage at highest (April 2008): ~£195,000
    Outstanding balance: <£29,500 :j
    Current total overpayments: ~£128,750
  • elantanelantan Forumite
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    I always knew that mouse was trouble ;)

    Good luck
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  • MallyGirlMallyGirl Forumite, Board Guide
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    We are still with the one account because we are using the flexibility a lot in the coming months but it certainly isn't the best rate any more. We pay 3.9% with less than 50% borrowing facility to value of house (facility of £280k on value of £615k). If we were prepared to be less flexible we could get a much better rate I am sure. Maybe when we have paid off the upcoming big stuff
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  • Andy_WSMAndy_WSM Forumite
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    Mortgage completion happened yesterday as planned. The whole process of remortgaging from RBS (Virgin One) to Tesco has gone very smoothly indeed!
  • ixiaixia Forumite
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    Welcome Andy, Great plans and good luck :D
  • Andy_WSMAndy_WSM Forumite
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    Got a cheque in the post today for the difference between what I borrowed (which was the minimum £40k Tesco would lend) and the amount I owed. Just over £400 which is the first months repayment sorted, so nearly all of this months salary can sit in savings towards clearing this debt on it's 5th anniversary :)

    I'm feeling good right now. No debts, Utility bills all in Credit, and cupboards & freezers rammed to bursting with food. I actually have no NEED to spend any of my salary this month, although do have a day trip and a weekend away planned so will spend some.
  • Andy_WSMAndy_WSM Forumite
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    Oh, nearly forgot. I decided to sell some stuff that's been kicking around in the loft for too long on eBay. So far raised £100, hoping to raise over £200 in total and it will all go towards paying off the mortgage early :)

    I'll update with my numbers at the end of the month, but hoping debt (currently £40k) - savings = ~£38k" after only the first month \o/
  • What an amazing position to be in, Andy!

    We too set ourselves a realistic plan to be mortgage-free, but in seven years instead of five ... overpaying when we can (up to 10% per month if we wish, but the chance would be a fine thing!), and putting savings away to try and shorten that 'home-stretch' as much as possible.

    Best of luck with it all ... may your rainy days be few and your clover plentiful! :D
  • Andy_WSMAndy_WSM Forumite
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    I love the enthusiasm to be debt free that we all share in this forum. :)
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