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    • blocpartyfan
    • By blocpartyfan 31st Dec 17, 11:41 AM
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    Lurking MFW finally posting: Mortgage free in 2025
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    • 31st Dec 17, 11:41 AM
    Lurking MFW finally posting: Mortgage free in 2025 31st Dec 17 at 11:41 AM
    Hi everyone,

    I have found this forum to be such a pillar of sense and strength since I started using it passively (learning from everyone else) in 2005. I grew up in a fairly frugal household, though have seen mortgages testing marriages, relationships, mental health and careers so often around me that I've wanted to be in control of the mortgage before it controls me. And my DH wholeheartedly agrees!

    It's also wonderful to see all the old posts here as points of reference for the fact that you make the choices you make at the time with the best intentions and things happen!

    My SOA is as follows:
    [tt]Statement of Affairs and Personal Balance Sheet

    Household Information

    Number of adults in household........... 2
    Number of children in household......... 1
    Number of cars owned.................... 0

    Monthly Income Details

    Monthly income after tax................ 2500
    Partners monthly income after tax....... 2600
    Benefits................................ 0
    Other income............................ 1250
    Total monthly income.................... 6350


    Monthly Expense Details

    Mortgage................................ 767
    Secured/HP loan repayments.............. 0
    Rent.................................... 0
    Management charge (leasehold property).. 0
    Council tax............................. 110
    Electricity............................. 56
    Gas..................................... 0
    Oil..................................... 0
    Water rates............................. 27.78
    Telephone (land line)................... 0
    Mobile phone............................ 5
    TV Licence.............................. 12.12
    Satellite/Cable TV...................... 0
    Internet Services....................... 48.48
    Groceries etc. ......................... 400
    Clothing................................ 250
    Petrol/diesel........................... 25
    Road tax................................ 0
    Car Insurance........................... 0
    Car maintenance (including MOT)......... 0
    Car parking............................. 0
    Other travel............................ 110
    Childcare/nursery....................... 1100
    Other child related expenses............ 200
    Medical (prescriptions, dentist etc).... 0
    Pet insurance/vet bills................. 0
    Buildings insurance..................... 10
    Contents insurance...................... 10
    Life assurance ......................... 17
    Other insurance......................... 18
    Presents (birthday, christmas etc)...... 50
    Haircuts................................ 60
    Entertainment........................... 500
    Holiday................................. 0
    Emergency fund.......................... 0
    DH mobile phone......................... 30
    Subscriptions - SC...................... 8
    Subscriptions - TC...................... 10
    Subscriptions - GLL..................... 35
    Subscriptions - RSM..................... 20
    Subscriptions - ESU..................... 8
    Subscriptions - Netflix................. 6
    Total monthly expenses.................. 3893.38



    Assets

    Cash.................................... 11000
    House value (Gross)..................... 450000
    Shares and bonds........................ 0
    Car(s).................................. 0
    Other assets............................ 200000
    Total Assets............................ 661000



    Secured & HP Debts

    Description....................Debt......Monthly.. .APR
    Mortgage...................... 135000...(767)......2.85
    Total secured & HP debts...... 135000....-.........-


    Unsecured Debts
    Description....................Debt......Monthly.. .APR
    Total unsecured debts..........0.........0.........-



    Monthly Budget Summary

    Total monthly income.................... 6,350
    Expenses (including HP & secured debts). 3,893.38
    Available for debt repayments........... 2,456.62
    Monthly UNsecured debt repayments....... 0
    Amount left after debt repayments....... 2,456.62


    Personal Balance Sheet Summary
    Total assets (things you own)........... 661,000
    Total HP & Secured debt................. -135,000
    Total Unsecured debt.................... -0
    Net Assets.............................. 526,000


    [/tt]

    DH and I realise how lucky we are. We made our financial mistakes in our early 20's - bought a house outside of London at the peak of the market in 2007, with limited job prospects for me and generally unhappiness. I was depressed (though never diagnosed), put on a significant amount of weight, and took admin work through agencies just to keep us tided over. Three years of pain and we decided to move back to London - boomeranged to live in my parents house (!) twice before finally settling in our lovely little house in London in late 2012. One good thing out of this is that we kept that house outside of London and have rented it out since 2010. A wonderful older couple live there and treat it better it better than we ever could. We've never raised the rent because of this but now make about 350 a month, which we can't complain about.

    I have been on secondment for coming up to two years, which is where the significant extra income has come from. We started off with a 200,000 mortgage in Nov 2012. I'd saved a 37,000 in three years (largely because of the extra earnings from the promotion and frugality!), and regularly overpayed the mortgage by 250. Our intention was to continue to save to pay for an extension to our house, but having spent a long time thinking about this it's a vanity project which, coupled with the extra debt we'd have, will not serve to make us happier. And with savings rates below 1% (!) I've realised it would serve us better to pay down our mortgage debt rather than keep the money in the bank. And since, I've overpayed by the maximum 10% our building society allows us to. I will also be doing that on the 2nd of Jan 2018, which will bring our mortgage down to the 135,000 I've quoted above. So exhilarating to know this joy is only a few days off!

    2018 will be an interesting year as I stand a fair chance of keeping this income level, but not sure it will suit our circumstances. Our DS is two and a half, and therefore our childcare bill will be under 200 come September so it should even out even if I return to my old job.

    My aim is to now continue to overpay by the maximum 10% every year, attempt to get a better rate (though am realistic that this might be unlikely by the time we come to renegotiate in July 2019). I have aspirations to work on my terms, to do the things that my parents never allowed for - perhaps drama related. The sense of control this gives is incomparable.

    Thank you all, here's to slow and steady progress for all MFW's in 2018
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    • blocpartyfan
    • By blocpartyfan 13th May 18, 12:46 PM
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    best mortgage for overpayments?
    advice request alert...

    what are people's thoughts on the best mortgage for making overpayments? You can tell I have some spare time on my hands as little man is down for a nap after a mammoth toddler fun morning of swimming and soft play (what a combo!) - and a bargain 9!

    I'm making a little spreadsheet of options we have when we get to move off our fixed - next December. We have always had a fix - apparently a very British thing, so very apt But I now want to weigh up the pros and cons of SVR, tracker, offset, etc and any advice anyone may have very welcomee!
    Mortgage when started:
    Jan 2012: 200,999
    2nd Jan 2018: 137,500
    2nd Jan 2019: 119,000
    Mortgage free day planned for: 25th June 2025 (day before my 40th birthday!)
    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 14th May 18, 8:38 AM
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    gallygirl
    advice request alert...

    what are people's thoughts on the best mortgage for making overpayments? You can tell I have some spare time on my hands as little man is down for a nap after a mammoth toddler fun morning of swimming and soft play (what a combo!) - and a bargain 9!

    I'm making a little spreadsheet of options we have when we get to move off our fixed - next December. We have always had a fix - apparently a very British thing, so very apt But I now want to weigh up the pros and cons of SVR, tracker, offset, etc and any advice anyone may have very welcomee!
    Originally posted by blocpartyfan
    The way the world is at present I'd only consider a fix tbh, but next Dec is a long time away!
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
    Mortgage Balance = 0
    "Do what others won't early in life so you can do what others can't later in life"
    • blocpartyfan
    • By blocpartyfan 6th Jun 18, 2:26 PM
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    Almost a month on and a fair few changes!

    The impact of measuring expenditure will live with me for a long time. It's so easy to lose track of where your money disappears to.

    We had an amazing trip to NYC, child free courtesy of the inlaws, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The spreadsheet, I'm glad to say, was not in operation over this time!!! I totally DID spend like a mad woman - but I don't feel bad about it as this was our holiday to do exactly this. And the big apple experience is always ameliorated with a bit of fun splurging!

    As I come to the end of my time on secondment this month, I am proud to say savings have doubled to 20,000 and this is solely down to better knowledge of where our money goes which has allowed us to make different choices.

    Knowing that my wage will come down so drastically doesn't bother me greatly, as the plans to have the mortgage cleared in 2-3 years are still on track.
    Mortgage when started:
    Jan 2012: 200,999
    2nd Jan 2018: 137,500
    2nd Jan 2019: 119,000
    Mortgage free day planned for: 25th June 2025 (day before my 40th birthday!)
    • blocpartyfan
    • By blocpartyfan 16th Jun 18, 8:43 AM
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    Had some great news this week - unexpectedly I've been offered a permanent job in a different organisation! I'll be able to keep my wage at the level it's been over the last two years, which means the reality of paying the mortgage down in 2020 is back on the cards

    Hope you've all had great weeks!
    Mortgage when started:
    Jan 2012: 200,999
    2nd Jan 2018: 137,500
    2nd Jan 2019: 119,000
    Mortgage free day planned for: 25th June 2025 (day before my 40th birthday!)
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 16th Jun 18, 8:59 AM
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    Woooohooooo congratulations.
    The 100 payment countdown (each payment = 400) 2018 Starts at 13/100 o/s 34,750.
    Jan 18 14/100 Feb 15/100 March 18/100 April 19/100 May 20/100 June 21/100 Dec: 28/100
    MFW 2019 Challenge Member #59: 0/2860
    • BookmobileBadGirl
    • By BookmobileBadGirl 16th Jun 18, 11:08 AM
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    BookmobileBadGirl
    That is great news BPF,
    Currently (10/02/2019) 64,300 Aim (05/11/2021) 50,000

    Mortgage - Shared Ownership 25% 75,300 - MF December 2051 December 2046
    • blocpartyfan
    • By blocpartyfan 26th Jul 18, 4:21 PM
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    Well, it's hot isn't it?!

    It's been an interesting month. Keeping a close eye on expenditure has gone straight out of the window! I've a few weeks off before starting my new job and hubby was adamant I take the opportunity to go on holiday...alone...to see my cousin get married in India! An expensive flight and a hotel stay at an eye watering amount (don't ask!) would have been a definite no only a few months ago. But I realise wanting to become mortgage free is not about punishing yourself in the meantime! I have also realised that I have 0% interest on purchases until December 2019 that I'd not been using at all, which means this big trip can be paid back slowly, whilst I continue to make savings - yippee!

    Hope you are all staying cool! x
    Mortgage when started:
    Jan 2012: 200,999
    2nd Jan 2018: 137,500
    2nd Jan 2019: 119,000
    Mortgage free day planned for: 25th June 2025 (day before my 40th birthday!)
    • blocpartyfan
    • By blocpartyfan 2nd Feb 19, 4:37 PM
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    blocpartyfan
    Can I still say Happy New Year on the 2nd of Feb? I'm going to chance it anyway!

    Since that last post in July, so many things have happened. I started that new job I mentioned, which is permanent and means my salary increased since starting in September. The effect of the permanency of the contract means I felt confident making longer term decisions. The first thing was DH was therefore able to go down to working 4 days a week, to free up time for himself. DS's nursery fees went down drastically and age 3 is so much more enjoyable for me than the baby phases - so holidays are back in! DH's dad has really struggled since he was made redundant two years ago, and is now struggling with agoraphobia which means the man who was Mr outgoing is stuck in his own mind, indoors, afraid to make a mistake and more comfortable at home. Having the permanency of work contract has meant I have had the luxury to make less reactive decisions. So together DH and I agreed that it was best to free up DH's mum from childcare on Thursday and Friday (which she loved, but meant she could bury her grief in DH's dad changing so much in the busyness of looking after DH). DS is now in nursery 4 days a week, and DH looks after him on his day off. As nursery fees are subsidised, the financial impact of this has not been significant.

    The hardwork of saving, thanks to all the wonderful advice from this forum has meant we were able to reduce the mortgage by the maximum 10%, and still had 12,000 in savings. There is now no reason why we can't do the same this year in December when we finally get to renegotiate our mortgage terms and conditions. Thanks so much to everyone on here for the wonderful encouragement.

    And hope you've all made a great start to 2019 x
    Mortgage when started:
    Jan 2012: 200,999
    2nd Jan 2018: 137,500
    2nd Jan 2019: 119,000
    Mortgage free day planned for: 25th June 2025 (day before my 40th birthday!)
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