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Old 02-10-2009, 09:26 AM   #21
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Is this cash you mention in addition to the $3.5mln? Like EF? If so, I're doing wonderful, though trimming spending is a great idea.

Tell us about the house.
How much did you pay for it?
What's the mortgage rate? Can you refinance it now as your business is still open? After you wrap up, loan brokers won't look at you.
How much are you upside down now? Or how much would you lose if you sold it today?
No, the cash is part of the 3.5m.

600K price paid. 4500 square feet. 1 acre lot.
In the process of refinancing to a 4.75% rate for 30 years to lower the payment to $2700. The old payment was shorter term and 6.5% rate and 3700 range. And yes, I'm doing the refi now while it still looks like I have a job. So, my expenses already reflect the lower payment-- I assume I'll get approved. If not, it will be more interesting.

If we could find a buyer today, we might actually be able to get out of it, or maybe lose 50K or so. I say that because 6 months ago one sold on our street, two houses down, for 600K and it is comparable. We live on a street filled with doctors, so I'm hoping they are still making decent money. It is a desirable neighborhood.

If the wife wants to get out of the house and do something, then let her do that for a while. Even if she's making a paltry $30k per year plus benefits, that would really help with cash flow and might save you $8000-$12000 per year in health insurance too. That may even allow you to keep the mcmansion (if that is a high priority). You may want to talk with your wife and provide her with the either/or of having a nice house today and for at least the next 10 years, but possibly running out of money sometime in your 50's or 60's, or being set for life in a more modest house.
Yeah, I was thinking that she could work while we sort out the house deal and help with the cash flow and healt insurance. We all agree the house must go so we can be FI for the next 50 years.

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