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    Thank you NASA. I decided not to pay off the home. I put a few thousand into my etrade, and I'm most likely going to let the Ric Edelman guys manage my proceeds from the home. The TSP will stay where it is until I'm 59 1/2, then I will reevaluate. I figured better to have the cash and hopefully make enough to offset the 3.5% on my new home then to pay off the home and have to dip into TSP if anything past normal living comes up. I do hope it's the right call.

    One friend told me "I'd rather die owing on a home than live wishing I had enough money to take my wife to dinner." Hmmm

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    Maybe I am not understanding, but wouldn't paying off the loan free up what would have been designated for a monthly payment? If the loan was paid off, you would only need to come up with real estate taxes and and homeowners insurance. I'm confused???
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave123 View Post
    One friend told me "I'd rather die owing on a home than live wishing I had enough money to take my wife to dinner." Hmmm
    His heirs must love him. Dealing with an estate when someone passes is stressful enough.

    Someone who makes a statement like that is living above their means and has numerous other debts that are now someone else's problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ravensfan View Post
    Maybe I am not understanding, but wouldn't paying off the loan free up what would have been designated for a monthly payment? If the loan was paid off, you would only need to come up with real estate taxes and and homeowners insurance. I'm confused???
    It's not really a gamble. Dave123 apparently can invest the proceeds from the sale of his prior house - which exceeds the cost of his new house - without much concern for retirement spending needs. All he has to do to break even is clear an average annual return of 3.5%. The only concern I would have is that he made 3.5% on his TSP account last year - a year where the C-Fund (S&P500) made 31.1%. That means he is a very risk adverse investor. That is risky in itself. He should invest to a point where he reaches 7% to 8% to safely cover the cost of the home and grow his retirement savings and overcome the effects of inflation.

    I think he has addressed that issue by attaining the services of Edelman Financials. Just remember, Dave, they do not 'market time' in the sense folks around here do that. They do, however, re-balance at opportune times - for example they sold bond and 'cash' holdings in March and bought stock holdings and other 'risky' assets. So they sold high (bonds and less risky assets were at a premium) and bought low (risky assets were in a panic sale phase) simply because the less risky assets were now over-represented in the allocation in relation to more risky assets. They reversed that in mid-August by buying less risky assets with the growth of more risky assets. It looks like they have made the equivalent of 4 IFTs in my Edelman account since February. I very much doubt that an Edelman advisor would recommend to Dave that he camp his house sale proceeds in an allocation expected to return 3.5% - thus, over time he will gain by doing this.

    By the way Dave, your advisor probably worked with you on your TSP holdings. If not, set a meeting. At the very least you can look at the pie chart on their website and configure your TSP closely to that. I do that - but I kinda sleuth out three different allocations based on projected mood. I have a normal allocation, and aggressive allocation, and a conservative allocation. Then I play on the edges of those based on the flight of birds from the Temple of Jupiter.
    Lookin' up at the 'G Fund'!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravensfan View Post
    Maybe I am not understanding, but wouldn't paying off the loan free up what would have been designated for a monthly payment? If the loan was paid off, you would only need to come up with real estate taxes and and homeowners insurance. I'm confused???

    That was my thinking, Raven. Here is how I'm looking at it now (right or wrong):

    I could have paid it off and pocketed about 10k. Now if something comes up, let's say I need 20k for a roof, well I would have to dip into TSP. I'm assuming here that the money saved from the payment would be used on "stuff."

    But not paying off the home allows me to invest almost 300K into a portfolio that I can dip into, allowing me to leave the TSP alone. I can get that jet ski, for example. I can get a roof if I have too. As long as the portfolio makes around 3.5%, I think I break even, and have the cash if I need it. I can also write off the interest for my taxes. Also, if I die tomorrow, the wife would be better off as she could tap the cash if she needed anything (I don't have life insurance).

    Of course, the home will be worth more when I die than it is now, so my heirs can just sell it. A bit of a pain for them, but they will remember how much fun they had coming to my house and riding the jet ski to get them over the hump.

    Of course, if I get stupid and blow it all, well, then I would be screwed. But I've always been fiscally responsible before..

    Not 100% sure I'm right on this call, but consider this:

    Would you rather die owing on a home, and enjoy a jet ski (jet ski standing in for whatever you enjoy in life), or would you rather pay off the home, live on a tight budget, and die owing nothing?

    edit: my TSP took in 9% last year - 3.5 is just my break even. Yes I've been careful, perhaps too careful. This year I'm up about 6%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave123 View Post
    Would you rather die owing on a home, and enjoy a jet ski (jet ski standing in for whatever you enjoy in life), or would you rather pay off the home, live on a tight budget, and die owing nothing?
    Neither. The house will be paid off in 3 or 4 years and we live well within or below our means.

    1. We plan on dying debt free. We've also seen how stressful it is for others who have had loved ones pass with debts.

    2. RE: Jetski, material things. See "Hedonic Treadmill" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonic_treadmill

    Note: A roof is generally something you should be able to plan for. A need to perform a complete tear off doesn't happen overnight. Leaks can just happen, but they can be repaired without a roof replacement. Any roofing contractor can give you an estimate as to how much life you have left in the roof and should by no means be considered an emergency.

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    A little update, if I may.

    The old home sold in September. Since then, I've made 3 payments for a total of 2256.00 interest paid on the loan. This money is tax deductible.

    The money that I could have used to pay off the loan has been conservatively invested and I'm up almost 17k.

    Yes I know that November was a historically good month, and I know this won't continue. This blessing has, however, given me a nice buffer. I got my jetski, put some in savings, and now the money in the market is sufficient to pay off the home if I choose to do so.

    With my risk aversion, I won't sit by and let this money ride a crash. If things turn ugly, out it comes and the home is payed off with a profit to boot.

    So, I will say "so far, so good" on my decision to not pay off the home.

    I'm still not sold either way on this topic, this is just my experience so far.

    p.s. @ bullitt Don't flame me for the "Hedonistic" jetski too bad. At least I got a used one, only $4,500.

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    You saved all your life and you're now at a point where you are transitioning to a spender from saver. You should enjoy yourself and as long as you're doing it responsibly then you should be fine.

    A friend of mine bought a $10,000 Sea-Doo 10 years ago and probably used it less than 10x. It was not a good investment for him but he did not buy used either.

    I'm glad things worked out for you. I sense a feeling of relief in your recent post. Merry Christmas.

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