I sort of knew this was coming. Inevitably at some point after I've made a decision I start to question myself. In this case, I'm questioning whether I should pay off my second mortgage first, or wait on that and pay towards my student loan instead.
I keep thinking that I may be throwing good money after bad by paying down my second mortgage. After all, if (and this is a big IF) the housing market ever recovers (or just stops resulting in decreasing value) then I may be able to sell my house without creating equity by paying off my second mortgage debt. Right? Here's what I read in a recent US News article about who will continue to struggle in 2011:
Homeowners. Americans have lost about $9 trillion worth of household wealth since 2007, largely because of falling home values. The rout isn't over, unfortunately. Most forecasters think home values will decline another 5 to 10 percent in 2011, as high unemployment causes more foreclosures and a glut of homes pushes prices down. The good news, if there is any, is that the housing market may finally hit bottom in 2011, with home values stabilizing after five years of declines. That doesn't mean home prices will shoot up any time soon. But once buyers believe that prices have stopped falling, they'll be more inclined to buy, the first step back toward a healthy housing market. Stabilizing home values will also help owners do better financial planning, since they'll have a firm idea what their home is worth.Sigh.
Meanwhile, I could be working on that student loan, almost half of which may be paid off by the generous gift of a family member. Meaning that I could, potentially, have my student loan paid off by mid-2012. At which time I may be able to sell my house and just break even. Right?
Or is this just a case of 'six of one, half-dozen of the other'?