Housing, pt 7: racing against the clock

Right now I am extremely focused on my investment portfolio in an unusual way: I am using it to fund a house purchase.

In my last post I laid out the timetable I need to hit to complete the purchase.  In the last few days I’ve made good progress, but don’t have quite as much money in the bank account to show for it as I had wanted.

I’ve actually pressed Sell on most of what I need to at this point.  However what I’m tracking is getting the funds into a bank account that I can instantly wire it over to my lawyer from.  On this measure a lot of my funds are not in the right place yet.

Moreover, I’m selling more of my portfolio than I need to buy the house.  This is because I’m also moving some funds into different accounts, so that I can then borrow against them.  I’ve tested this with one of my two marginable accounts and it worked surprisingly easily. What I still need to verify is the amount I can take and the tolerances.
2016 01 01 FIREvLondon Dream Home liquidation schedule

The graph above shows where I’ve got to.  I’ve sold funds amounting to about 50% of the Dream Home value.  But about a fifth of these Sales have been re-used making Purchases in my marginable accounts.  The maroon segment is the small Loan that I have taken out on margin, to prove the concept.  This leaves my net position at about 30% of the Dream Home value.  This includes the 10% deposit, so I haven’t moved very far in the two weeks since I exchanged contracts.


I need to make a few more Purchases and Sales but from here on in most of my activity is just moving the funds, chasing the account providers, and organising the big margin loan with my bank. I’m aiming to have this all sorted by Fri 25 January, which leaves me a few days’ wiggle room.

1 thought on “Housing, pt 7: racing against the clock”

  1. Hi FvL,

    Congratulations on the exchange – I was wondering over Christmas how it all panned out! Good luck for the rest of the sale, I will watch with interest.

    Also, a belated happy Christmas and New Year 🙂
    London Rob


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