Ask Stacy: Should I Pay Off the House?

You have sufficient savings to pay off the mortgage and own your home free and clear. But is it better to have no debt, or a fat savings account?

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Today’s question is about your mortgage; specifically, whether you’re better off getting rid of it or leaving it alone and keeping a hefty cash cushion instead.

This is a question I’ve been pondering personally. I have a small mortgage, but especially because of the new tax law, I’m thinking of paying it off. Should you do the same? Here’s what I think.

For more information on this topic, check out “Should I Pay Off My House or Invest?” and “7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier.” You can also use the search tool above, put in “real estate” and find a lot more information.

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About me

I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

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Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson @moneytalksnews
I'm the founder of Money Talks News and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More

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