In 2023 I move in from a single storey house to a double storey house in Ipoh. The double storey house costs around RM350k – here is a thought experiment I carried out on how one can possibly pay off a RM350k mortgage in 7 years, assuming a continuously growing income on a yearly basis.

The main idea is basically **what if I start paying partial settlement annually with a small sum, but double that amount every year**. What it would look like in practice with a 7-years timeframe:

- Year 1: RM1k
- Year 2: RM2k / Accumulated: RM3k
- Year 3: RM4k / Accumulated: RM7k
- Year 4: RM8k / Accumulated: RM15k
- Year 5: RM16k / Accumulated: RM31k
- Year 6: RM 32k / Accumulated: RM63k
- Year 7: RM64k / Accumulated:
**RM127k**

This is still way far from the amount of RM350k. But what if I starts with RM3k?

- Year 1: RM3k
- Year 2: RM6k / Accumulated: RM9k
- Year 3: RM12k / Accumulated: RM21k
- Year 4: RM24k / Accumulated: RM45k
- Year 5: RM48k / Accumulated: RM93k
- Year 6: RM 96k / Accumulated: RM189k
- Year 7: RM192k / Accumulated:
**RM381k**

So this looks pretty good. But, from year 4 onward, it would be almost unthinkable to fork out RM24k, RM48k, RM96k hard cold cash annually. So we are kinda back to blank canvas.

Now, what if I started with a higher number and breakdown the annual amount to smaller pieces?

- Year 1: RM5k
- Year 2: RM10k / Accumulated: RM15k
- Year 3: RM20k / Accumulated: RM35k
- Year 4: RM40k / Accumulated: RM75k
- Year 5: RM80k / Accumulated: RM155k
- Year 6: RM160k / Accumulated: RM315k
- Year 7: RM320k / Accumulated:
**RM635k**

With a starting digit of RM5k, we can hit pretty substantial amount in year 6 already. Let’s do some adjustment to this.

- Year 1:
~~RM5k~~RM15k - Year 2:
~~RM10k~~RM15k / Accumulated: RM30k - Year 3: RM20k / Accumulated: RM50k
- Year 4: RM40k / Accumulated: RM90k
- Year 5: RM80k / Accumulated: RM170k
- Year 6:
~~RM160k~~RM80k / Accumulated: RM250k - Year 7:
~~RM320k~~RM80k / Accumulated:**RM330k**

This looks pretty good but the numbers still don’t look very convincing that it is achievable.

Here is how it looks like if I were to convert the same calculation from MYR to SGD:

Loan amount RM350k = **SGD116.7k**

- Year 1: SGD5k
- Year 2: SGD5k / Accumulated: SGD10k
- Year 3: SGD6.7k / Accumulated: SGD16.7k
- Year 4: SGD13.4k / Accumulated: SGD30.1k
- Year 5: SGD26.7k / Accumulated: SGD56.8k
- Year 6: SGD26.7k / Accumulated: SGD83.5k
- Year 7: SGD26.7k / Accumulated:
**SGD110.2k**

We are still SGD6.5k short. So let’s adjust the first 3 years again.

- Year 1: SGD7.8k
- Year 2: SGD7.8k / Accumulated: SGD15.6k
- Year 3: SGD7.8k / Accumulated: SGD23.4k
- Year 4: SGD13.4k / Accumulated: SGD36.8k
- Year 5: SGD26.7k / Accumulated: SGD63.5k
- Year 6: SGD26.7k / Accumulated: SGD90.2k
- Year 7: SGD26.7k / Accumulated:
**SGD116.9k**

For anyone who managed to earn SGD or USD while working remotely in Ipoh, this actually doesnt look so unachievable

Now let’s break those numbers down to monthly and quarterly amount:

Year | Annual Amount (SGD) | Monthly Amount (SGD) | Quarterly Amount (SGD) |

1 | 7.8k | 650 | 1.95k |

2 | 7.8k | 650 | 1.95k |

3 | 7.8k | 650 | 1.95k |

4 | 13.4k | 1.12k | 3.35k |

5 | 26.7k | 2.23k | 6.68k |

6 | 26.7k | 2.23k | 6.68k |

7 | 26.7k | 2.23k | 6.68k |

I will just leave this here.

If you find this useful and attempt to try this, do let me know how it goes.