Friday, January 25, 2013

Mortgage Update (Jan '13)

Principle paid down: $167.24
Interest: $483.40
Additional Principle: $54.22

New Balance: $110,300.47

The pay off date is still December 2038 which is 9 months ahead of the initial schedule. If I continue to pay the minimum on my loan, I will pay $111,392.68 in interest instead of the original $116,404.23. The extra $1,538.33 I've tossed at the mortgage over the life of the loan has saved us $5,011.55 in interest to date.

All in all, it took me $7,057.08 to get the keys to my condo... and another $17,672.29 to remodel and repair it...

In short, I was -$24,729.37 in the hole on day one...

But thankfully the hole is getting filled in a little bit each and every year.
  • In 2009 I got the First Time Home buyer's Credit giving us $8,000.00. I also got to write off some of the property tax I paid in addition to taking the standard deduction. This gave us an extra $90.10... but then I had to pay an Electrician $95.00 to fix an outlet... We also ended 2009 with a refund from my botched tile job that gave us another $1,265.00.
  • In 2010 I saved $1,087.00 on my federal taxes and $461.00 on my State taxes from itemizing my homeowners expenses. (This is what I received ABOVE what I would have with just the standard deduction).
  • In 2011 I spent $12.97 at home depot, and $72.29 on a kitchen door, when we subtract those costs from what we saved by living in our condo instead of renting, we came out ahead $494.04 (See Mortgage Update + Condo Costs December '11 for that break down.)  We also received a small $70 refund check from over paid closing costs. Since we tied the knot in 2011 we won't be able to itemize our housing costs so there's no savings there for us.
  • In 2012 we finished our Kitchen/Laundry door which cost us $103.24.. We also replaced both our glass slider doors which cost us $2,957.00... and repaired our dryer for $81.42....It ended up being $3,383.47 cheaper to OWN our condo than to rent an apartment on a monthly basis,  (See Housing Costs 2012 for the break down) so even after we subtract the windows and other minor repairs, we still came out ahead $241.81 by owning our condo instead of renting... 
Leaving us $13,115.42 in the hole...

If we assume our home is worth at least what we paid for it (which in this market you never really know...), then we have $9,699.53 in equity...

Leaving us only $3,415.89 in the hole after 3 years, 4 months.

For 2013, we will again assume our monthly mortgage payments are a wash since its cheaper to OWN our home then to RENT an apartment. Check out Housing Comps 2013 for how we figured that one out.

Thus far for 2013 we have spent $1,119.58 to live in our condo, instead of $1,361.00 to live in the apartment.
  • Mortgage (including P&I, Property Taxes, MIP, & additional principle:) $857.08
  • HOA:  $262.50
  • Small Home Repairs/Improvements:
  • Earthquake Insurance: $0
  • Homeowners Insurance: $0
As of today, we have saved $241.42 by not renting.

If I sold the condo tomorrow, I'd have to sell the property for $121,006.97 to break even.
  • This assumes a 6% total commission ($7,260.42)
  • and enough money to refund the amount we are in the hole for ($3,415.89)


  1. Sounds like you made a good decision to buy. :)

    1. Ya, so far no regrets on our part.

      At the time I was a bit worried since it took me a whole year to find this place... I mean after viewing 72 different properties with 2 different Real estate agents, making 23 other offers that went no where... when someone bites its hard to know if you really want it or if you want the process done with.

      I'm glad everything has worked out so far :)