How Debt Can Ruin Your Retirement

This is a guest post by Mike Egan who is the author of Your Stronger Financial Future.

Your Stronger Financial Future by Mike EganA recent article in the New York Times focuses on seniors who are considering mortgages on new homes when they retire. The article is a good summary of what seniors (or anyone considering a mortgage application) should expect and the specific items to have handy, such as proof of income and a good credit score.

What the article doesn’t address is the question of whether a mortgage is a good idea, either for a senior (65 and older) or anyone else.  Think about this – no matter what the term of the home loan, or mortgage, you’ll be paying interest to the lender, plus repaying the principal (the $$ you borrowed) for some period of time.  Home mortgages and student loans are the two main examples of what I call “good debt” – which are loans that result in you owning something of value at the end.  So, given that a mortgage generally results in you owning the house or condo when you’ve paid back the loan, let’s examine the math involved in a home mortgage.

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