Tm's MFW ramblings

turtlemoose
turtlemoose Posts: 1,644 Forumite
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edited 6 December 2020 at 12:29PM in Mortgage-free wannabe
Hello :)

I've been overpaying but with no real consistency or effort put in to it, for a while now.

After getting locoblade's spreadsheet I realised how much I could be saving, so I want to give this my attention.

Ideally, I'd like to be MF twice by 42. I'm 29 this year (OH is 38 this year). I did once upon a time dream of this being by 40 but times change and I think 42 is more realistic. I am currently NOT on target for this! So there's some hard slog ahead. Sharing the goal will hopefully mean I have to keep trying, as now I know I have to come and update here.... :D

I have 2 mortgages, both residential, one with consent to let.

M1: Initially a 50% shared ownership on a refurbished ex-LA house (not a newbuild), bought for 47500 on a 100% mortgage in Nov 2007, fixed rate at 6.49% - at the time that was a good deal on a shared ownership! Then pretty much soon as I signed on the dotted line, rates plummeted and I was kicking myself!!!! But I was still paying less with paying mortgage+rent than I had been with just renting.

The house was never really worth £95k full price, that was over-inflated by the HA selling it. I was young (21) and stupid, and didn't think to question it. Fast forward to 2010, the price had plummeted so I decided to look at buying the other 50%. The HA sent an "independent" surveyor out who valued it at £85k.....massively over what similar properties were selling for locally. After a very lengthy complaints process with the HA being awkward at every turn, I eventually got them to agree to using a GENUINELY independent valuation. I used a local firm (office around 2 miles from the house) who provided a very detailed comparison in their report and valued it at £65k - that's more like it!! The HA accepted this, and despite having set the ball rolling in May 2010, eventually it completed in Nov 2011. I bought the second half and the freehold for £32500. As interest rates were now much lower, this new mortgage for the 100% of the house was lower than the previous mortgage on 50% plus monthly rent. :T

This house is in a really rough area - hence the low price for a 3 bed end terrace. After 4 years living there, I'd sort of got used to it, but I wasn't happy and I didn't feel safe.

In the midst of this, along came a little surprise... 2 blue lines on a pregnancy test, whoops!

There was no way I was going to bring up my child in that area, I didn't feel safe as it was, I couldn't have my child living there. My OH lived in a very small rented flat so there was no space for baby and I, plus he has an older son who he has 3/4 nights a week. So we rented a 3 bed house together.

I explored my options on the mortgaged house - basically in order to sell it I'd need to find 5k - simply didn't have it, nor the means to get it. So after researching renting it out, I approached my lender, got consent to let, and then advertised the house via the LA for people going down the 'homeless' route. The LA offer a bond scheme where they stump up the deposit if the tenant does something they shouldn't. The rental income is very low as I set the rent at the housing benefit levels - no point being higher than that. So it ticked over, mostly, with me subbing it around £50 a month, sometimes higher if there were repairs etc.

Our rental house developed a quite serious roof leak, our landlord and agent refused to do anything about it, it eventually rendered 2 of the 3 bedroom completely unusable so at the end of our fixed term (luckily only a year), we scarpered out of there.

With me having been on maternity leave for a year (I'm the main wage earner), my savings were now non existent and I had some CC debt. We moved to another rental. We decided we wanted to buy, but thought it wouldn't be for a good few years yet, probably not until the baby was in school. We viewed a few properties in the summer of 2013 - not to buy, but to get an idea of what we wanted, what price range we were looking at....when we accidentally found THE ONE.

It was a s**thole!!!! We later found out the house had been empty for at least 12 years, possibly more. However as we walked around this filthy, dated, dark and dingy house, I could practically hear it singing to me about how good it could be. We got in the car after the viewing, looked at each other, and both blurted out that we loved it. After some frantic rejigging of finances and exploring all the options with my mortgage advisor, we realised we could *just* get it. We offered low, they haggled, we ended up at 114500 with a 10% deposit. We completed November 2013 and moved in to the dump!! This is M2.

Thankfully, most of the work is just cosmetic and also compensating for it being neglected for so long. Despite it being empty for so long, the previous owners had a gas boiler and central heating in stalled in 2003 - as it has been unused it is in great condition, and double glazing installed in 2010. However the kitchen was totally unusable - the actual carcasses were rotting - but luckily my Dad is a carpenter so we got a new kitchen from Wickes for fairly cheap, and zero labour costs apart from a few dinners, thanks Dad!! Unfortunately he lives abroad so we can't set him to work on the rest of the jobs that need doing :rotfl:

So, we are chipping away bit by bit at the work that needs doing. The top 3 big jobs that need doing are - bathroom full replacement, downstairs loo replacement, and the flat roof on the brick store needs replacing. All of those are on hold as we had to use a CC to pay for the kitchen - so we are just having to put up with those for now.




My what an essay! I don't blame you if you didn't read it all, but thought I'd explain it just in case anyone wants to know!
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  • misscousinitt
    misscousinitt Posts: 3,655 Forumite
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    Wow what a story...

    Wishing you the best of luck with moving forward.

    MCI
    Mortgage Free x 1 03.11.2012 - House rented out Feb 2016
    Mortgage No 2: £82, 595.61 (31.08.2019)
    OP's to Date £8500

    Renovation Fund:£511.39;
    Nectar Points Balance: approx £30 (31.08.2019)
  • turtlemoose
    turtlemoose Posts: 1,644 Forumite
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    Both mortgages are in my sole name, OH has terrible credit history and 8k of debt that he is mostly ignoring. That's a whole other story! No interest on his debt though so at least it isn't increasing.



    On to the numbers then:

    M1 Rental house:

    IN: Rent £500
    OUT: Mortgage £263.77
    OP M1 £45.23
    OP M2 £120.00
    Surplus: £71

    The surplus stays in the M1's bank account. I already have £600 in there that I pretend doesn't exist - this is for the tax man, landlord insurance, gas service and repairs/improvements etc - the £71 adds to this pot each month.

    M2 Home:

    Joint account:

    IN: OH £940 + ME £1580 = £2520 plus childcare voucher of £243

    OUT: a lot......:o

    Mortgage: £593.23
    Council tax: £95.41
    Water: £20.40
    Gas&Elec: £156 (will reduce soon but high as new supplier)
    Virgin Media: £91.24 (I know this is awful, but we don't go out)
    TV Licence: £12.12
    Mobile x 2: £21.99
    Groceries: £200 (includes nappies, cleaning, the cat etc)
    Personal Loan: £187.76
    MBNA Card: £50 (interest free until Sept 2014, balance £4367)
    Lottery d/d: £18
    Life assurance: £10.84
    Nursery: £837.50 (or £670 if it is a 4 week month)
    DS1: £50 (we owe him £1745)

    TOTAL £2295.03

    Then for other things that we pay annually, I divide by 12 and put that much aside in a separate account to try to avoid a nasty surprise we can't pay:

    B&C Insurance: £12.00
    Cat (non food): £4.00
    Breakdown cover: £4.00 (required by my work)
    Car maintenance: £80.00
    Car tax: £2.50
    Car insurance: £55.00
    Merlin Pass : £21.00 (well worth it!)
    DS1 clothes etc: £20.00
    Christmas: £20.00
    OH driving: £40.00
    Holiday spends: £50.00

    TOTAL £308.50

    Also a regular OP of £52.77 to M2.


    TOTAL IN TO JOINT ACCOUNT: £2763
    TOTAL OUT OF JOINT ACCOUNT: £2603.53
    DIFFERENCE: £159.47



    The surplus is what we are using to do up the house. So bit by bit we are chipping away at what needs doing. One month might be a few tins of paint, the next month a piece of furniture, the next the flooring in the kitchen... and so on.



    So my TOTAL REGULAR OPS ARE:
    M1: £45.23
    M2: £172.77


    If nothing ever changed, this would have me saving a total of £33k in interest, and have M2 finished in 16.5 years and M1 finished in 20 years. To hit my target I need them both gone in 13 years. Yikes!


    My extra ops are going to be things like:
    • My own personal 'spends' money
    • Surveys
    • Cashback
    • Competition wins (won a pencil so far, doh!)
    • Selling things (and declutter too!)

    So no huge £10k payments or similar here! But I just think if I keep drip drip drip drip the pennies in to it, eventually they will all add up!

    I'm a fan of Tilly Tidies and have been doing that for over a year already...except I do it with my own personal spends account in to my DS's savings account! Maybe I should stop TT'ing in to there and pop it on the mortgage instead! It is ultimately his inheritance so he'd be getting it one way or t'other! :rotfl:


    I'd really like to get OH on board but he just isn't there yet. He loves the "mortgage free by XXX date" idea, he is amazed at the interest I'm saving us....but he's not prepared to give up any of his spends money or try to make any extra or tackle his own debt..... that one is a work in progress!!
  • turtlemoose
    turtlemoose Posts: 1,644 Forumite
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    I'm a little obsessed with locoblade's op spreadsheet. I've been playing with it today, and looking what we might be able to op.

    On these assumptions:
    M1 continues to be tenanted with no major repairs. Baby #2 arrives first half of 2016. 12 months maternity leave, return to work full time. DS1 starts reception Sept 2016 and school 2017. Will have to pay full time nursery for bubba2 plus wraparound care for DS1 (nobody local to help). bubba 2 would start reception in Sept 2020 so we would have 2 x wraparound care to pay. Assume then we can start £400 OP on M2, that'd be paid of August 2027 (oh, one month after I turn 42!!!!). If we then OP'd £500 a month on M1 (max - nationwide) but saved another £400 and paid it off as a lump sum to finish, that'd be paid off Oct 2028 - I'd be 43.


    Not the plan!!!!


    I've *got* to think of a way to up the ante on this.
  • Welshlassie
    Welshlassie Posts: 1,731 Forumite
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    Great going so far, sounds like you have a plan there that you can work to though.

    Good luck, will be following your progress.
  • quidsy
    quidsy Posts: 2,181 Forumite
    You have a great outlook, seem to be very focussed & have a sensible plan in place. but not to be a downer & not to intentionally insult your oh but he seems to be happy for you to stump up most of the money & effort for all this yet not make any changes to his own spending even with a large amount of personal debt.

    So I would suggest putting some kind of legal doc in place in terms of his share of the property should you split to prevent future arguments & also ensure you have a will & life insurance in place so that if something happens to you your childs financial wellbeing is protected. You may of course have already done this but i find people don't really like to think of the negatives whilst in a good relationship but regret the lapse when they go wrong. :)

    Best of luck with it.
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  • turtlemoose
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    quidsy wrote: »
    not to be a downer & not to intentionally insult your oh but he seems to be happy for you to stump up most of the money & effort for all this yet not make any changes to his own spending even with a large amount of personal debt.

    Don't worry, I'm more than aware of this! As it stands, OH's contributions to the joint pot are 72.87% of his net income (after CSA payment). Comparatively my contribution is 88.77% of my net income PLUS the childcare voucher comes from my salary sacrifice. I could put less in....but I don't want to, it's just not in my nature. I would rather be MF earlier and then loads of spare cash every month :D

    12 months ago he was contributing a mere 57% of his net income (the absolute bare minimum required to pay only essential bills, and no extras being put aside), so things have improved quite a lot!

    I can't drag him in to his lightbulb moment :idea: but we are on the road towards it (I hope anyway!). I wasn't completely fair, he does have 2 x payment plans with creditors (£15pm and £1 pm) but he'll be dead before they are paid off at that rate...... :eek:

    It is helping that the house needs doing up, I think. He will typically say "oh, I'd love to XYZ in the living room, let's do it this weekend!". I say "ok, great idea, I love it! That'll be £500. (consults spreadsheet) Assuming no unexpected bills, we can afford that in 19 weeks' time" (I always say weeks not months as sounds more :rotfl: ) Cue puzzled/disappointed look from OH. "however" muses turtlemoose, "if *you* were to put an extra £ZZ in the pot every payday, we could afford it in only 2/3 months". :p
    quidsy wrote: »
    I would suggest putting some kind of legal doc in place in terms of his share of the property should you split to prevent future arguments & also ensure you have a will & life insurance in place so that if something happens to you your childs financial wellbeing is protected.

    You are absolutely right. I have a death in service benefit from work - would be held in trust for DS, with my sister in control of it. My life assurance is the same, apart from paying off the mortgages first.

    I don't have a will, funnily enough I have been researching solicitors this week. I've got some annual leave in April and intend to book an appointment for then.

    OH and I have discussed something formal in place ref the house - we both agree we want something to protect our own interests (he got stung by the ex before with the house - I want to protect my own assets) so we are both on the same page about that....but we have been lazy and have not arranged it. From my limited research I believe a tenants in common agreement is what we need but I really do need to dedicate some time to sorting that out properly, and soon.
  • turtlemoose
    turtlemoose Posts: 1,644 Forumite
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    I've been reading other mfw posts and feeling a bit disheartened by all the massive OP-ers. Great for them, but I feel a bit rubbish that I simply can't achieve that. Silly I know!

    I've been slacking on the decluttering front - so this week my task is to find 10 items to list on ebay at the weekend, and 10 items to take to the charity shop.
  • gallygirl
    gallygirl Posts: 17,228 Forumite
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    I've been reading other mfw posts and feeling a bit disheartened by all the massive OP-ers. Great for them, but I feel a bit rubbish that I simply can't achieve that. Silly I know!
    Yup, massive OP's are great, but we all started where you are - except mostly we didn't as we were all too stupid to realise what a difference a small OP would make. So, we're jealous of you, if that makes sense :D.
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
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  • Beckyy
    Beckyy Posts: 2,830 Forumite
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    HI, welcome! It sounds like you've had quite a journey already, and I'll wish you the best of luck on your MF one. :beer:

    What are the interest rates on the two mortgages?

    As a LL myself I would never OP my BTL mortgage whilst I had one on my own house really. Bearing in mind mortgage interest on rental properties is a tax deductible expense it doesn't really make sense to unless the interest rate is horrendous. Just my 2 pence but may be worth you OPing the money onto your own houses' mortgage rather than your BTL as you can only live in one house and that's the important one.
  • greent
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    Beckyy wrote: »
    HI, welcome! It sounds like you've had quite a journey already, and I'll wish you the best of luck on your MF one. :beer:

    What are the interest rates on the two mortgages?

    As a LL myself I would never OP my BTL mortgage whilst I had one on my own house really. Bearing in mind mortgage interest on rental properties is a tax deductible expense it doesn't really make sense to unless the interest rate is horrendous. Just my 2 pence but may be worth you OPing the money onto your own houses' mortgage rather than your BTL as you can only live in one house and that's the important one.


    I'd agree with Beckyy here - we have a BTL (on int only) and I pay nothing off the capital each year - never have done and it's all offset against the income for tax purposes. Instead we've hammered our personal mortgage. May be worth looking at, it all depends on your figures - and, ultimately, your own viewpoint as to priorities :) x
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