From 1 to 10, how stupid an idea it is to pay mortgage faster?

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Jan 26, 2016
2232 posts
Toronto, ON

From 1 to 10, how stupid an idea it is to pay mortgage faster?

Say you are under 40 and that you decide to pay off your mortgage with a rate of fixed 2.29 percent for another 3 years.

Is investing the money the only good idea? What if one decides they want to live debt free?
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Jan 9, 2016
200 posts
Oakville, ON
I second that. Its not stupid at all. Depends on the person and situation.
Deal Addict
Jan 3, 2013
2699 posts
"Stupid" is a bit hyperbole......As others have said, you might not end up with the highest return, given how low interest rates are.....but paying off major debts is never bad per se....
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Oct 21, 2014
1790 posts
Burlington, ON
It's not a bad idea. You can borrow against your house later if you need to.

The markets are going to be a casino for a while, the market's psychology is completely dominated by news so the plan is not a bad one.
Deal Addict
Jul 24, 2019
1145 posts
We paid ours off early. Then continued to use the same monthly amount of mortgage payment into investments. We sleep well at night- no worries. No debt.
Deal Addict
Sep 2, 2009
2589 posts
Not stupid.

Just like investing: there are many correct answers, some of them better than others for each individual.

(that does not negate that there are also incorrect ways, just that correct can be winning in a variety of ways: including paying off mortgage sooner)
Feb 7, 2019
319 posts
If it was for me I will do that! Knowing that I am debt free, I will sleep better at night and I wouldn’t trade it for any $$$. Ever since Covid I realize that it’s more important for me to focus in the present and for now I like the idea of no debt
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Aug 12, 2010
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Jul 17, 2018
305 posts
Not a stupid idea at all. With the market so frothy, one theory is that it's a better market for trading right now than investing. Most people don't regret living debt free.
Deal Guru
Dec 5, 2006
13838 posts
I paid off mortgage first then started investment

In my case, having kid a bit late, don't want to leave debt to family just in case bad things happen. Never take anything for granted. Also don't have confidence in my investment skills, so rather paying debt first

It also depends on why you want to pay mortgage first. If you think stock market is down, so you want to pay debt, it might but also might not be a good idea since you could DCA to lower the stock cost, but if it's due to risk appetite, I don't see any issues
Deal Addict
Dec 28, 2007
1181 posts
Who knows what mortgage rates will be in three years when it is time to renew? If they are much higher, you will be glad to have more of your mortgage paid down. If not, then at least you will have taken years off the amortization.
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Dec 12, 2009
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Always eliminate debt first before investing. I am just not comfortable with debt. It does not feel right owing money. I have enough financial capital already, so there is no point to take unnecessary risks.
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Deal Fanatic
Apr 25, 2006
7967 posts
Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.

Split it.

50% into a dollar cost average account (index) / investments / 50% money paying off faster.

Diversifying your risks for maximum risk adjusted upside.
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Oct 31, 2006
294 posts
Always eliminate credit card not so much. being debt free is underrated...what you want is a careful balance of assets and liabilities.
May 27, 2007
257 posts
My wife and I spent a good part of the first 6 years of homeownership (2013-2019) paying down our mortgage. We made very few investments outside of paying down our mortgage. We felt great as the number was going down. At this point, we were probably just 1 year away from paying off the mortgage. I felt good until one fine day in 2019, we made the decision to upsize and ended up with a bigger mortgage.

Since 2019, I have been investing in the markets with fairly decent returns (tracking the market using index investing etc). I cannot stop thinking if I should have continued to invest between 2013-2019. I would have definitely come out ahead investing in the markets vs paying down my mortgage.

In hindsight, paying down the mortgage was not a good idea BUT I don't think I would have had the courage to liquidate a large investment portfolio and dump it into real estate to upsize.

No regrets in the end - you live and learn and do what makes you happy.
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May 5, 2006
918 posts
I paid off my mortgage before investing. No regrets - safety has always been my goal. A bad economy could lead to job insecurity at the same times that markets crash - in that event, I'd like to be able to live on whatever crap job I can get. It didn't happen, but I don't mind planning for it anyway.

My goal has always been security, not wealth. Once I'm sure that I have enough money to be certain I can lead a simple life at around 30k/year (what I currently spend), I'll probably retire.
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Jan 5, 2006
1049 posts
Why does it always have to be one or the other? I was always deeply invested until I got a house, and after that, I pared back my aggressive investment style to find a balance I was comfortable with. Now I make regular prepayments (I can make as many as I want throughout the year as long as it's below 20% total of my initial mortgage loan).
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Sr. Member
May 5, 2006
918 posts
I actually didn't really know how to invest (or how i wanted to) while i was paying off my mortgage, so the last few years i was learning and found canadian couch potato.
Oct 6, 2017
393 posts
I pay off mortgage at a normal pace and instead like to invest for monthly passive income as much as possible. I want to have a 2nd source of monthly income beside my job which is why I invest into monthly high dividend ETFs/stocks. My goal is to at least get to a point where monthly passive income is enough to cover my ongoing monhtly expenses including mortgage. This gives me 'peace of mind'. Mortgage is the only debt I have and I don't mind carrying it. More equity in the house won't put food on my table in the short term if I lose my job.
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Jan 26, 2016
2232 posts
Toronto, ON
Thanks to all the posts. I was thinking it was dumb to put money int mortgage with low rates, but frankly the peace of mind has given me a lot of energy lately knowing I'll be debt free soon after selling my stocks. And good thing I did it before this downturn. Unfortunately some of my money is in RRSP I don't know how to get that out or what to do with it.


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