If you are coming up on retirement, you may still have a balance on your mortgage. Perhaps you have sufficient funds to pay off the rest of the mortgage. Should you do it? It depends on your situation.
Advantage of Paying Off Your Mortgage Early
The advantages of paying off your mortgage going into retirement are pretty obvious – it is one less bill to have to worry about, and you will be able to stop paying interest on it as well. You will then be able to plan your retirement finances around your remaining monthly bills and any potential unexpected expenses. Another consideration is that if you end up wanting to take out a reverse mortgage, you should be able to, assuming you meet all other requirements. If you carry a balance on your mortgage, you might also qualify for a reverse mortgage, however, so long as you have sufficient equity.
Disadvantage of Paying Off Your Mortgage Early.
Putting a large amount of money into paying off the rest of your mortgage takes money away from other things, like savings, emergency funds, investments, etc. It might even require you to take money out of your retirement accounts. Ask yourself, can you earn more money from your investments than you pay in interest?
Consider Paying Off Your Mortgage Before Retiring If …
- You will still have an emergency fund available to use after paying off your mortgage (you should not eliminate your emergency fund to pay off your mortgage).
- You will be able to continue to easily pay for all of your monthly expenses after you make the large payment.
- It will save you a lot of money in interest.
Consider Continuing to Pay Your Mortgage Into Retirement If …
- Putting the money into other investments might be more lucrative for the time being. As long as you earn more money from your investments than you pay in interest you are better off and you can payoff you loan anytime in the future if the investment income does not pay all of your interest.
- You should also ask yourself if you might need to borrower money in the near future for other things. You will probably pay a higher interest rate for most anything else you borrower including auto loans, equity loans, credit cards, ect. You should also consider your mortgage is being paid off over a longer period of time than most loans. That means the monthly payment is much lower per dollar allowing you to keep your monthly expenses lower. If any items you can imagine getting a loan for in the future might have a higher rate or higher payment per dollar borrowed than your current mortgage you would be better off keeping your mortgage and using your savings for other possible higher interest rate purchases.
- Will your income decrease in the future making it difficult to borrower for other things you might need or want? If so, you should consider keeping your mortgage and retaining your invested savings.
- You might wind up in a higher tax bracket due to pulling from a 401(k) or another retirement plan to pay off the mortgage.
- You will be able to continue to easily pay for all of your monthly expenses while juggling the mortgage alongside your other debts and bills.
After weighing the pros and cons of carrying a mortgage into retirement vs. paying it off now as pertains to your individual scenario, you will be able to figure out what is the right choice for you.
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