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    • hiddenshadow
    • By hiddenshadow 11th Dec 16, 10:44 AM
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    hiddenshadow
    2017 mfw
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    • 11th Dec 16, 10:44 AM
    2017 mfw 11th Dec 16 at 10:44 AM
    Welcome to the Mortgage Free Wannabe thread for 2017

    Many thanks to Lomcevak for running the thread the past few years. I've blatantly stolen the starting post from 2016's thread.

    Mortgages can seem so huge and long-lived that it often feels pointless to make over-payments - what's the point in paying 50 off a 100k mortgage? But even small overpayments have a dramatic effect; that 50 extra a month would cut almost four years and 10k of interest off the mortgage. And 200 a month? Without any overpayments you'd still owe more than half the original balance after 15 years, with the 200 ... you'd owe nothing and be mortgage free ten years early. Big difference, and that's why chipping away at the mortgage with whatever extra cash we can muster is (for most of us, at least) one of the best long-term steps to improve our finances we can make.

    Still, even when you 'do the math' the long road to getting rid of your mortgage still feels hard on your own, so we have this thread to set targets and report progress during 2017. Whether you're a brand new mortgage free wannabe, a veteran on the final stretch of the long slog, or someone who has cleared the mortgage and wants to provide some help and encouragement for others, this is for you. The challenge runs from Jaunary 1st-December 31st 2017, and you can join or change your target at any time up until December 31st. And if you're expecting to be mortgage-free before then, you're still very welcome.

    Links to previous challenges are here

    TO JOIN
    Please post on the thread and I'll allocate you a number - if you have a number from previous year(s) that you would like to keep, let me know, otherwise it will be first come, first served.

    Bear in mind that the challenge runs for the 2017 calendar year when setting your target.

    UPDATES
    To provide progress updates and/or change your target, just post on the thread - I'll 'thank' posts when I pick up the update. I do make mistakes from time to time, so if I miss an update or get it wrong then please let me know.

    A few requests from me to make keeping track easier:
    • When providing updates, please include your MFW2017 number and the month(s) you are updating
    • Multiple overpayments in a month are fine and most certainly encouraged, but it will really (really, really) help me if you keep a running total when reporting updates (e.g. ...another OP of 200, which makes 600 in total for April...)
    • It's fine to miss a month or two and then provide updates for several months if you prefer, but please make it clear what you want allocating where.
    • It is helpful for me if you keep a running total for the year in your update post and/or your signature as I can cross-check the spreadsheet against your overall total, but this isn't required.

    Updates on the thread can be as long or short as you like - we like a bit of talk too as it's motivational for everyone else, but post what you feel like

    I'll try and update the spreadsheet weekly.

    See how we are all doing on the big MFW 2017 spreadsheet HERE

    Anyone planning for 2018...we have a thread set up: here
    Last edited by hiddenshadow; 02-12-2017 at 2:54 PM.
    MFW: 197,100 (2013) to 100,646 (May '18)
    2018 MFW #56: 4,000/105,000 3% / MFiT-T4 #15: 58,854/90,000 65%
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    • try harder
    • By try harder 6th Apr 17, 8:58 AM
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    try harder
    Number 36 with an overpayment of 43.92 for April.Thank you.
    • Moominmamma89
    • By Moominmamma89 6th Apr 17, 6:26 PM
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    Moominmamma89
    Evening all

    Number 96 with an April OP of 340 bring total for the year to 2,434.84. There is an OP of 162 odd showing in my April cell which although I would have liked to add to my OPing is not mine!

    Hope you are having/had a lovely holiday hiddenshadow
    • lincoln-potter
    • By lincoln-potter 7th Apr 17, 10:09 AM
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    lincoln-potter
    #32 checking in with an OP of 8026.30

    MFW #32 6,700/6,700
    Make 2017 in 2017 challenge - 821.76 #10
    • Needhelpsaving
    • By Needhelpsaving 8th Apr 17, 6:06 AM
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    Needhelpsaving
    Hi,

    Just popping by to update my totals;

    March 2017 - 579.62
    April 2017 - 40.86

    YTD total: 719.69

    Thanks
    Target 1 - Emergency Fund Currently 8053.15/10,000

    Target 2 - Pay Mortgage Down to 65,000 by 31/12/18 Was 71,006.49 (01/01/18) Now 67,534.47 (18/05)
    • Jessy103
    • By Jessy103 8th Apr 17, 11:51 AM
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    Jessy103
    Hi!

    No.12 reporting a payment of 193.66 for April.

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Jess x
    Original Mortgage Amount 2007 - 87,310.50
    Mortgage Amount Jan 2018 - 58,500.00
    Overpayment Target for 2018 - 5,000 /663.78
    Jan - 369.23 Feb - 294.55
    • hiddenshadow
    • By hiddenshadow 9th Apr 17, 6:18 AM
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    hiddenshadow
    There is an OP of 162 odd showing in my April cell which although I would have liked to add to my OPing is not mine!

    Hope you are having/had a lovely holiday hiddenshadow
    Originally posted by Moominmamma89
    Thanks for catching that - was meant to be a few cells up!

    Holiday was lovely though jet lag is not.

    Spreadsheet updated again - over 101k for March and well on the way so far for April.
    MFW: 197,100 (2013) to 100,646 (May '18)
    2018 MFW #56: 4,000/105,000 3% / MFiT-T4 #15: 58,854/90,000 65%
    • A Frayed Knot
    • By A Frayed Knot 9th Apr 17, 7:41 AM
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    A Frayed Knot
    Hi Hiddenshadow

    Hope you had a lovely holiday - I may have been away around the same time as yourself.


    Seems my total for March has a little o/p of 48.64 missing. (Post dated 19th March)


    Many thanks
    Always have 00.00 at the end of your mortgage balance and one day it will all be 0's
    Target 19 months 5/24
    MFMarch 30 Re/M Oct 23 Target -Dec 19
    O/P's 2014/4000, 2015/6294.69, 2016/3186.80, 2017 4068.97

    • Freysmum
    • By Freysmum 9th Apr 17, 8:26 PM
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    Freysmum
    Hi HiddenShadow sorry to be a pain but could I amend my target to 4600 please? This is my 10% max OP I thought that was an ambitious target at the start of the year but having just made another 100 payment (YTD 1900) and a small bonus coming my way this month I'm hopeful I can do this
    Mortgage 05/2018 27,250
    MFW #81 /5000/8000
    EF savings 17,900/20,000
    • Sundaysgirl
    • By Sundaysgirl 12th Apr 17, 9:03 AM
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    Sundaysgirl
    Hi all, great progress being made!


    #123 reporting in with a March update and total for April so far:


    March final total: 2,665.12
    April so far: 6,462.27 - thanks to a bonus and rather nice pay rise!


    Hoping to max out on our OPs next month and then save ready to OP a lump sum once the clock resets in December.


    Thanks hidden and good luck all!
    MFW 2017 #123 2018: 1,852.64/39,200 (4.7%)
    • medusasmummy
    • By medusasmummy 13th Apr 17, 7:07 AM
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    medusasmummy
    Hi all,
    Thanks hiddenshadow for all you do. Hope you enjoyed your holiday

    #108 reporting OP for April 500 please
    YTD 2011.81
    • becky170
    • By becky170 13th Apr 17, 12:52 PM
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    becky170
    #7 with another 8 overpayed for April. Total for april is now 263!

    Thanks hiddenshadow!

    MFW 2018 #7 1506/4500
    • michelle09
    • By michelle09 14th Apr 17, 11:34 AM
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    michelle09
    #84 here:
    April OP: 137.58

    My total OP for March was 702.78

    Got a huge house repair bill coming in May so that will be it for OPs until that's cleared.
    • Lomcevak
    • By Lomcevak 14th Apr 17, 1:19 PM
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    Lomcevak
    And a predictable 600 OP for #11 for April, taking me to 2400 for the year to date. Plodding along a bit at the moment, although hopefully there will be a chance for a bit more later in the year
    MFiT-T4#126, 135k to 60k: 57,247/75,000(76.33%), 2017 MFW#11 5,296.44/12,000 (44.14%)
    30k-in-18#11 12,651.96/30,000 (42.17%)
    • Poppycat1
    • By Poppycat1 16th Apr 17, 6:11 PM
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    Poppycat1
    Sorry for not keeping up to date.


    UPDATE:


    300 paid off in February
    2500 paid off in March
    2500 paid off in April
    MFW 2018 number 25
    10% Target for 2018 = 12,449.90
    3,000 paid off in Jan, 1,449.90 paid off in Feb, 350 off in March, 650 in April
    Total = 5,449.90/12,449.90
    • Freysmum
    • By Freysmum 16th Apr 17, 9:14 PM
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    Freysmum
    Hi Hidden Shadow thanks for updating my target I've made an additional OP for April of 764 which takes my YTD total to 2664

    Happy Easter everyone xx

    Oops forgot to say I'm #81
    Last edited by Freysmum; 16-04-2017 at 9:19 PM.
    Mortgage 05/2018 27,250
    MFW #81 /5000/8000
    EF savings 17,900/20,000
    • Kittenkirst
    • By Kittenkirst 17th Apr 17, 9:24 AM
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    Kittenkirst
    Hi HiddenShadow,

    Kittenkirst #20 reporting in with 102.01 so far for April, so 748.90 for the year

    Hopefully some more OPs now we've had payday and more bills (therefore more tilly tidy opportunities!)
    2018 MFW #20 - OP 1799.61/ 3000 60%
    Mar: 218 Apr: 528.91 May: 361.07

    Mortgage Oct '16 170.995 LTV 90% end: Nov 2041
    Overpayments 2016 255.50 2017 2600.40
    • A Frayed Knot
    • By A Frayed Knot 18th Apr 17, 10:39 PM
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    A Frayed Knot
    Hi Hiddenshaddow, many thanks

    No 27 checking in with another o/p of 453.78 making total for April 725.72

    #27 2314.41/2400

    Always get nervous when nearing my 10% o/p allowance in case I have miscalculated and end up overpaying my overpayment allowance
    Always have 00.00 at the end of your mortgage balance and one day it will all be 0's
    Target 19 months 5/24
    MFMarch 30 Re/M Oct 23 Target -Dec 19
    O/P's 2014/4000, 2015/6294.69, 2016/3186.80, 2017 4068.97

    • allmannerofthings
    • By allmannerofthings 18th Apr 17, 10:51 PM
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    allmannerofthings
    I'd love to join in, if it's not too late? Just got a mortgage last month! I'm planning to overpay 4,820 in 2017.
    Mortgage March 2017 borrowed 115,000. Balance April 2018 103227.50
    Overpayments 2018 1000/Target 3500
    • Durban
    • By Durban 19th Apr 17, 2:35 PM
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    Durban
    I am going to be withdrawing from this challenge.
    My aim is still to pay off my mortgage early. However, I have been reading a lot on the savings and pensions boards and have come to the conclusion that with my mortgage rate only being 1.79%, I can probably put my overpayments to better use.
    The result will hopefully end up the same, that I will pay off my mortgage early, but having made more from savings and investments than saving the 1.79% mortgage rate.
    Many thanks hiddenshadow and lomcevak from last year.
    I will still be lurking on this board
    Mortgage at highest start date - 25/9/2014 - 92000
    Mortgage now 13/4/2018 - 48,674
    MFD - October 2025 MF Goal Date 2021
    • A Frayed Knot
    • By A Frayed Knot 19th Apr 17, 6:45 PM
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    A Frayed Knot
    I am going to be withdrawing from this challenge.
    My aim is still to pay off my mortgage early. However, I have been reading a lot on the savings and pensions boards and have come to the conclusion that with my mortgage rate only being 1.79%, I can probably put my overpayments to better use.
    The result will hopefully end up the same, that I will pay off my mortgage early, but having made more from savings and investments than saving the 1.79% mortgage rate.
    Many thanks hiddenshadow and lomcevak from last year.
    I will still be lurking on this board
    Originally posted by Durban

    Good Luck and hope to see you posting on the Mortgage Free thread. !!!
    Always have 00.00 at the end of your mortgage balance and one day it will all be 0's
    Target 19 months 5/24
    MFMarch 30 Re/M Oct 23 Target -Dec 19
    O/P's 2014/4000, 2015/6294.69, 2016/3186.80, 2017 4068.97

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