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As long as you maintain a mortgage on your house, you have the chance of losing that house.

How so? Maybe in some cases, but not all.

As retirees, living on mostly Social Security plus a bit of carefully handled additional income, we owe relatively little on our mortgage (maybe about one quarter of the house's value), at a modest fixed rate, and we can make the payments rather easily.

Paying off our mortgage entirely right now would "feel good", yes, but it would also take a large chunk of our savings, and could greatly increase our risk of being in trouble, should some huge, unexpected expense come along.

Everyone needs to look carefully at his/her/their specific situation and "do what works" for them.

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