Kim and Spencer discuss why paying off your mortgage early may not be the best strategy for financial prosperity, as emotional attachment to homes can lead to emotional decision-making. The time value of money and opportunity cost must be considered, and the best mortgage loan is a 30-year fixed interest rate mortgage paid over time and refinanced until the borrower dies. Redirecting extra mortgage payments towards paid-up life insurance can be more efficient in building an asset that is not taxed. The goal is to keep refinancing, eventually do a reverse mortgage to free up equity, and educate oneself on the concept of time value of money.
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- Prepaying your mortgage may not actually be a good idea
- The time value of money and opportunity cost are important factors to consider when it comes to mortgages
- A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the best option, and it’s okay to refinance every 10 years or so
- Emotions often drive decisions regarding mortgages, but it’s important to step back and make decisions based on finances and long-term goals
- For those who feel stuck in the belief that they must pay off their mortgage, it can be a difficult hurdle, but withdrawing from the cash value of life insurance may be an option for peace of mind
- Education is key in helping people make informed decisions about their mortgages
- Objectives and methods should be clearly defined to reach financial goals
- Refinancing and reverse mortgages are strategic ways to free up equity
- Contrary beliefs about mortgages may require multiple listens to understand
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