Tag: Your Mortgage

What’s the best investment?

Over the weekend, having recently returned from our overseas odyssey, I was thrilled to attend the opening of Hope: From Robe to Riches. The brainchild of my dear friend, and one of Enrichmentality’s first believers, Dr. Joanne Sullivan, the exhibition is currently on display at Gum San (金山) in Ararat. And it’s an  exhibition that got me thinking about the concept of investment.

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When should I pay off my mortgage?

The typical mortgage in Australia comes with a 25 or 30 year term. But that doesn’t mean you should aim to pay off your mortgage over a three decade period.

The end date on your mortgage document is like a speed limit.

It’s not something to aspire to. It’s something you should try to stay well under.

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Where do I get started buying a house?

Buying a home – especially your first – can be both exciting and terrifying. How can you ensure that your search for the house of your dreams doesn’t turn into a house of horrors?

When my husband and I bought our first place, we felt in the dark – and came close to making a pretty big mistake. Fortunately, we learned a lot from the experience, and things worked out well in the end – we found a place we loved that suited our budget, paid off our mortgage in under 5 years, and that was what started our journey to financial independence.

But before we look at what you should do when getting started buying a house, let’s take a look at what to avoid: Continue reading “Where do I get started buying a house?”

Are your finance resources past their use-by date?

I love words, language, and reading – and most of all, books. New or old, I love them all.

But when it comes to books spouting financial advice, it pays to check the publishing date, just like it pays to check the manufacture and use-by dates on packaged foods.

So how are financial books like cases of wine with sour milk?

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How can I maintain my money mojo?

Saving for a huge goal – like a home deposit, or financial independence – or trying to pay off a large debt, like a mortgage or student loans – can seem impossibly enormous at times. All too often I hear people throw up their hands in defeat – ‘I’ll never pay it off anyway, so why bother?’

Quite apart from the psychological benefits of having smaller, more manageable debt even if no debt isn’t an option, there’s one very important reason – interest.

Anita Bell wrote a fantastic book called Your Mortgage: And how to pay it off in five years or less. For the new edition, she changed the title, and I think I can see why. Many people I recommended this book to were initially reluctant, believing they’d never pay their mortgage off in 5 years or less, so why try?

So maybe you can’t pay your home loan off in 5 years. But wouldn’t it be great to pay it off in 15? 25? On an average mortgage, this could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest.

Even if you start out excited and motivated though, it can be difficult to keep this up.

There are a variety of tips and tricks I’ve come across over the years for maintaining my motivation when it comes to savings. I’m a very goal-oriented person, so these may work better for some people than for others, so just give the ones that appeal to you a go:

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