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  • What to do with large lump sum?

    Hi all, looking for some advice.

    Just received a lump sum of roughly $175,000 (after tax) and was trying to figure out what to do with it.

    Some background info:
    -$100k in student loan debt @ 4.5% interest
    -$20k in car loan @ 2.5% interest
    -maxed out 401k, 457b, backdoor Roth IRA
    -make about $400k/year
    -fully funded emergency fund

    I was looking into buying a place of about $500k in the next few months, but am planning on using a physician's loan so shouldn't need a large (if any) downpayment.

    Should I pay off the student loan immediately or use a large portion for a downpayment? Also, not sure if keeping the money on hand until I get the mortgage will help with interest rates. Or maybe having no debt would get me a better interest rate?

    Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!


  • #2
    Pay off your student loans and car loans. After that, I would probably put the rest in taxable but you can always put it towards a home if you're risk/debt averse. You should be getting a pretty good rate on a mortgage.


    • #3
      Not sure I would pay off the car loan. Student loan I would for sure at that rate.

      Save the remaining in munis until you decide what to do with it.


      • #4
        Pay off your loans.

        Use the rest for a downpayment...'physician' loans usually have a higher rate, that and buying a house with no downpayment generally isn't the best idea.


        • #5
          175 cash with 120 debt........


          • #6
            i'll get you my standard answer:

            spend $120,200 today.

            that's all of your debt plus the $200 bottle of champagne you should drink to celebrate such an awesome milestone.

            paying off relatively low interest debt rarely wins on the spreadsheets but it's the right thing to do in your situation. if you get sick of being debt free you can always go get another car loan.


            • #7
              Paying off the student debt at 4.5% is a given. I would probably also pay off the car loan just to be done with it, but don’t forget to make a plan so that you can pay for all your future cars in cash (set up some sort of dedicated savings, expect that is how you will spend bonuses, etc.) As for the remaining $50k or so, you will have closing costs as well as expenses to set up house, so don’t pour it all into the down payment.


              • #8

                Pay off your loans.

                Use the rest for a downpayment…’physician’ loans usually have a higher rate, that and buying a house with no downpayment generally isn’t the best idea.
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                Physician loans dont seem to be higher rate as a rule anymore. They are just marketed for our crowd now, which is smart. I've been getting amazing rates with all the perks (no pmi), etc...

                Agree no down payment isnt smart. At least 5-10% as a low end bottom, otherwise something happens and you leave in the next 3-5 years and you're likely to have to pay at closing.


                • #9
                  awesome! Thanks for the advice everyone. Seems like there's a consensus to at least pay off the student loans. I'll take a look and see if the physician's loan has a higher rate. Good point about the closing costs and such, it didn't even cross my mind.

                  Thanks again!


                  • #10
                    Our DR loan was 0% down, 0 PMI and the best rate available 3.6%.  There was no "better" interest rate with $$ down.

                    I would pay off all the debt.  Put the rest in taxable.  Cash flow your mortgage and extra payments.  $50k won't change your monthly payments substantially.