As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20.
This is a post directed to myself years from now when I buy another home or rental property. Never pay off the mortgage!
It was around this point, one year ago when my wife and I made the conscious decision to pay off our primary mortgage on our home. I eventually ended up selling most - $100,000 of our stocks around the September 2016 time frame. I sold another $20,000 around December and then another few chunks around the January time frame. Looking back at this post: http://americandividenddream.blogspot.com/2017/03/im-still-here.html
and also this post: http://americandividenddream.blogspot.com/2016/10/financiallife-update.html
you can see most of the information there.
From September when we took out roughly $100,000 to today, the S&P has rallied 13%. Imagine that... a straight line up!