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    Our rental is a townhouse/rowhouse in an area where if you keep them up, they rent pretty easily. Safe neighborhood, good schools, even a DQ and convenience store within walking distance! Didn't have a chance to tell hubby about this until this morning and he was a happy camper to say the least.

    At times I have wanted to just sell the place and get it out of our hands, but I am glad we persevered now that the light is at the end of the tunnel. One of the loans was for doing all the major stuff like, roof and windows, new kitchen (it still had it's original almost 100 years old kitchen), etc. all at one time. Without it, we would have never been able to get the money out of it that we get for rent.
    Gailete
    http://www.MoonwishesSewingandCrafts.com

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      Originally posted by Randomsaver View Post
      Focused Debt : $8K
      Focused Debt : $7K
      Kill the debt, before it kills you!

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        $1400 additional principal for July, a bit more than 2 additional payments knocked out.

        The best part is the interest portion of the monthly payment is falling dramatically each month.

        Gunga galunga...gunga -- gunga galunga.

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          Originally posted by greenskeeper View Post
          $1400 additional principal for July, a bit more than 2 additional payments knocked out.

          The best part is the interest portion of the monthly payment is falling dramatically each month.

          Having the interest fall so much is the good thing about paying extra at the beginning of the loan!
          Gailete
          http://www.MoonwishesSewingandCrafts.com

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            Randomsaver congratulations! Good luck with the move.
            LivingAlmostLarge Blog

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              Originally posted by LivingAlmostLarge View Post
              Randomsaver congratulations! Good luck with the move.
              Thanks LivingAlmostLarge! My house appraised satisfactorily as i expected so moving on. Tomorrow is signing of my lease to the apartment me and kid are moving into.
              Kill the debt, before it kills you!

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                Right now I am zapped of all energy. Just flopped on a chair mustering finger strength to stroke the keys as I type updates.

                Here was/is my weekly plan :

                June 1-7:
                - Find good agent to partner with --Done
                - Deep clean my house --Done
                - Get pre-qualified --Done

                Jun 8-14:
                - Take pictures of my house --Done
                - Find property to move to and make offer for those I like --Done, offer got rejected as someone else offered crazy high to beat me
                - Reserve lots I like and then cancel if one of my offers to buy gets accepted --Done

                June 15-21:
                - List my house for sale --Done
                - Do Open House (today!) --Done
                - Find property to move to and make offer for those I like --Done, offer got rejected as someone else offered crazy high to beat me
                - Reserve lots I like and then cancel if one of my offers to buy gets accepted --Done

                June 22-28
                - Fix any repair/blemish needed on my house --Done
                - Accept highest offer by the 25th --Done
                - Find property to move to and make offer for those I like --Done, did not find any to my liking
                - As back-up, find a rental apartment to move to and make reservations --Done
                - Start selling stuff --Done

                June 29-July 5
                - Accommodate closing activities from sale of my house like furnish documents needed, home inspection, appraisal, etc. --Done, on Home Inspection and Termite Inspection and passed; appraisal is done and passed
                - Advise utilities to close my account to the closing date --Done
                - Continue selling stuff --Done
                - Start packing stuff I don't need while I stay in the house --Done on hallways, 4 rooms,
                - Contract a moving team --Done
                - Find property to move to and make offer for those I like --Done, still looking


                July 6-12
                - Prepare welcome kit for the Buyer (keys, garage controls, floor plans, paint colors, stuff that were turned over to me by the Builder) --Done
                - Depending on closing date, pack the remaining stuff or delay --Done packing on living room, dining room, laundry room, 2.5 baths, entertainment center, and nook area;
                - Make decision : rent or buy --Done, Decided to Rent
                - Make decision : sell or keep extra car --Undecided; leaning on keeping; bought car cover
                - Sign lease on rent place moving into --Done


                July 13-19
                - Finish packing --Pending on kitchen and garage
                - Move to new rental unit --Scheduled this coming weekend
                - Dispose garbage from house being sold
                - Clean house
                - Have internet account set up on new rental place
                - Since no already built home is to my liking, follow up on reserved lots and choose the best lot and cancel the rest. --Done

                July 20-26
                - Closing of house sale --Re-scheduled from 19th to 21st as per buyer request
                - Continue house hunting
                Last edited by Randomsaver; 07-12-2017, 01:56 PM.
                Kill the debt, before it kills you!

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                  Congratulations on the sale. Just goes to show what happens when you make a list of written goals. I bet that list would be great for others that are selling their homes so as not to forget things that are necessary. I remember when we sold our first house and bought a different one, we didn't know that we would need to have fire insuarnce started and paid for from the minute the house was ours. Almost made a hash of buying a house because we didn't know about that fine but important detail.
                  Gailete
                  http://www.MoonwishesSewingandCrafts.com

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                    Originally posted by Randomsaver View Post
                    Focused Debt : $7K
                    Randomsaver, I haven't read the entire thread, so I might have missed something. When you complete the sale of your home, does that cancel out the Focused debt that you were working to get to $0?

                    Also, anyone know of another thread where folks are counting down paying a debt to $0? Hope that makes sense. Were others counting down anything in this thread other than mortgages?

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                      Originally posted by Gailete View Post
                      Congratulations on the sale. Just goes to show what happens when you make a list of written goals. I bet that list would be great for others that are selling their homes so as not to forget things that are necessary. I remember when we sold our first house and bought a different one, we didn't know that we would need to have fire insuarnce started and paid for from the minute the house was ours. Almost made a hash of buying a house because we didn't know about that fine but important detail.
                      Ah yes the insurance. I forgot to put that in, will do on my next update. I was asked to get insurance (renter's) as requirement before I signed the lease. Also, need to have a checking account otherwise withdraw cash, go to rent place, find out what fees to pay and how many money orders MO to make, and then go to Cash and Loan companies where they issue MO for free. Sadly I was assuming there's a branch of my bank near my rent place but could not see one so I ended up paying an ATM fee of $28 for my MOs.

                      Originally posted by dbow2000 View Post
                      Randomsaver, I haven't read the entire thread, so I might have missed something. When you complete the sale of your home, does that cancel out the Focused debt that you were working to get to $0?

                      Also, anyone know of another thread where folks are counting down paying a debt to $0? Hope that makes sense. Were others counting down anything in this thread other than mortgages?
                      This is the thread for it! Or at least I wish.

                      Feel free to itemize your debt or lump them all together. The key is to bring all down to zero.

                      On your question, I would keep counting down until I knew my next mortgage debt when I buy, in which I will adjust the debt balance. The goal is to buy ASAP though I have a 6-month rent renewable to another 6. I have some time to keep on saving/slamming down the "debt".
                      Kill the debt, before it kills you!

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                        Did you know that you can buy MO at the Post Office or won't your rental place take them from the PO? Many on line sellers will ONLY take PO MOs since they can be checked if they are good so quickly. Also Walmart has them as well as my local grocery store. I don't know their fees, but I thought I would throw that out there in case your place won't take personal checks for your monthly rent payment (we do from our renters but have still had a few bounce from the last people, now we just have a guy that is perpetually late!). You could also check about making direct deposits into their payment account straight from your checking or savings account. If you don't want them to have your checking info, you could open an on line checking/savings account through Capital One 365 (or other on line banks, but not PayPal as they extract a fee) and deposit the money there and do a transfer from it to the rental place. You certainly shouldn't pay that much to pay your rent, unless this was the only time you had to do that.
                        Gailete
                        http://www.MoonwishesSewingandCrafts.com

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                          Got to have a chat with our bank manager. I need to turn in some paperwork and get approved, but she didn't seem to think at this point that for us to refinance our house loan, should be doable. Our current 'mortgage' (technically a loan of some type) is for $648/month with 13 years to go at 6.50% interest. She thinks we can get it to 5.00% interest for 15 years, and a $525/month payment. She understand that our rental property should be paid off in about 8 months and then we will dump that money ~$400/month on our house loan and hopefully have it paid off in 5-7 years. It would be paid off before I was out of my 60's and before my husband is in his 60's. Since we are highly dependent on my SS for the house payment I am very concerned that if something happened to me and he didn't get that check, he would be the proverbial up a creek with no paddle, life vest or boat. It is amazing what just a little bit of interest can mean so much. If we get this refinance, even if we didn't pay an extra cent, we would be saving $1500/year! However, I want to get these big hulking bills paid off ASAP. I can see the finish line finally.
                          Gailete
                          http://www.MoonwishesSewingandCrafts.com

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                            re: seeing the light

                            Originally posted by Gailete View Post
                            Got to have a chat with our bank manager. I need to turn in some paperwork and get approved, but she didn't seem to think at this point that for us to refinance our house loan, should be doable. Our current 'mortgage' (technically a loan of some type) is for $648/month with 13 years to go at 6.50% interest. She thinks we can get it to 5.00% interest for 15 years, and a $525/month payment. She understand that our rental property should be paid off in about 8 months and then we will dump that money ~$400/month on our house loan and hopefully have it paid off in 5-7 years. It would be paid off before I was out of my 60's and before my husband is in his 60's. Since we are highly dependent on my SS for the house payment I am very concerned that if something happened to me and he didn't get that check, he would be the proverbial up a creek with no paddle, life vest or boat. It is amazing what just a little bit of interest can mean so much. If we get this refinance, even if we didn't pay an extra cent, we would be saving $1500/year! However, I want to get these big hulking bills paid off ASAP. I can see the finish line finally.


                            Congrats Gail! Proud of you guys and your progress. A $525 mortgage? That is impressive. Hang in there!

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                              Originally posted by Gailete View Post
                              Did you know that you can buy MO at the Post Office or won't your rental place take them from the PO? Many on line sellers will ONLY take PO MOs since they can be checked if they are good so quickly. Also Walmart has them as well as my local grocery store. I don't know their fees, but I thought I would throw that out there in case your place won't take personal checks for your monthly rent payment (we do from our renters but have still had a few bounce from the last people, now we just have a guy that is perpetually late!). You could also check about making direct deposits into their payment account straight from your checking or savings account. If you don't want them to have your checking info, you could open an on line checking/savings account through Capital One 365 (or other on line banks, but not PayPal as they extract a fee) and deposit the money there and do a transfer from it to the rental place. You certainly shouldn't pay that much to pay your rent, unless this was the only time you had to do that.
                              I learned about purchasing money orders from the Post office a few years ago while renting (I still am). They seem to be slightly cheaper than buying from places like CVS as well.

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                                Pension and SS collection question

                                Hi all. Im fairly financially savvy at age 26 but still have a lot to learn. The school district that I work for offers a pension at retirement that we contribute to each paycheck. Does this mean at retirement I will receive both my pension and social security check in addition to whatever saving a accumulate over the next 40 years?

                                best...young saver

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