One of the more common and difficult questions to answer for clients, more because emotionally people like to pay off their debts and specifically their mortgage (its most likely the biggest debt you will have in your lifetime, if you exclude children!) is ‘Is it better to pay off my mortgage early or save for retirement?’ Well, I am very analytical, which is great being a financial adviser, so I need facts to make decisions and to look forward for clients planning.
Whether you’ve received a pay rise or you’re just planning for the future in general, it can be a challenge deciding how to employ use your hard-earned cash. From a psychological perspective, in a way it makes sense making clearing your debts a priority. However, will you be better off this way or by doing something else with that money/investing those funds? Which option will provide the better return on investment and generate long term wealth for you?
The first step is to evaluate your personal financial situation with a professional financial adviser if possible. There are many variables to take into consideration here such as:
- What are your objectives/goals?
- Do you have surplus cash each month?
- Do you have an emergency fund in place?
- What exactly are you looking to achieve?
Choosing to pay off your mortgage early
It can be very enticing to pay off your mortgage early and being debt free whilst owning your home outright. This may be able to save you thousands in the long-run and reduce your monthly outgoings, which could be a solid financial decision. Certainly, in the early years of your mortgage, if you are paying mainly interest on your monthly mortgage payments, then this may be the best option for you. However, have you considered the interest rate you have on your mortgage? Is this favourable when compared to other options? And furthermore, have you looked in to the potential early redemption penalties?