Mortgage free - are there any disadvantages ??

 Just wondering if there are any disadvantages (f.e. higher tax ??) at all to being completely mortgage free ? 
Many thanks in advance for your responses and stay safe !


  • EimearFEimearF Forumite
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    No, the only disadvantage is the loss of liquid cash, so make sure you have decent savings before starting to pay down your mortgage. 
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  • Unicorn_cottageUnicorn_cottage Forumite
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    There will always be the debate that money spent on overpayments should be invested instead in order to make your money work harder. That only works though if your investments go well.

    Not sure what you mean by higher tax?
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  • TropicallyTropically Forumite
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    No. I can't see any downside except liquidity. But I also think being mortgage free would save money each month and generate liquidity.
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  • DoshOwlDoshOwl Forumite
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    @Unicorn_cottage: I thought I'd heard that there might be some kind of tax you'll have to pay when you're mortgage free, but could be nonsense as well :)...! 
  • That would be a really weird tax...
  • longway2golongway2go Forumite
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    No downside to it really but if you are not investing in ISAs and Pensions because of it you loose some tax benefits that way. 

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  • My parents can remember a time were you got a bit of tax relief if you were paying off a mortgage... thats long gone...
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  • A_Frayed_KnotA_Frayed_Knot Forumite
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    I can think of one, but only if you are of a certain age, where it might be a problem to get another mortgage.
    Explanation is, if you wanted an extension built or even buy a Buy to let property, you could add to your mortgage when you still had one, if MF then you would need to apply again, then if you are of a certain age, may not get the length/term you would like.
    Always have 00.00 at the end of your mortgage and one day it will all be 0's :dance:
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