Tips to Determine How Much Home You Can Afford

August 27,2019 | Posted By Brian Sloan in Listing
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How much house you can afford is largely dependent on how large a mortgage (home loan) you can handle. Our website offers a mortgage calculator that will help you! We highly recommend that you become pre-approved for a mortgage before you even start house hunting. This will tell you exactly how much you can afford and will make the closing process go faster.

Getting pre-approved also makes you, as the home buyer, much more attractive to potential sellers. They know they won't have wait days, or even weeks, before you and they find out if you will get the home loan approved. In addition, purchasing a home involves more than just making sure you have enough money to pay the mortgage and property tax. You'll also have to be sure you have enough money on hand for initial and closing costs.

These costs could include:

§ Earnest money. This is usually one to five percent of the cost of the house, which you pay as a deposit on the house when you submit your offer. It is your proof that you are a serious buyer. Depending on the laws in your state, you may be able to get this money back should you decide not to purchase the house, but you must make this decision within about two weeks of paying the earnest money.
§ Your down payment. This is different than earnest money. A down payment is usually 10 to 20 percent of the cost of the house, which you must pay at closing. Understand that in today's tighter credit market, more mortgage brokers are leery of approving a mortgage for potential homeowners who don't have 10 or 20 percent available for a down payment. That doesn’t mean it is impossible, but it does make the process harder.
§ Mortgage insurance. If you can't make a down payment of at least 20 percent, mortgage lenders charge you extra insurance. This is also known as private mortgage insurance, or PMI.
§ Closing costs. Closing costs are usually three to four percent of the cost of the house, to pay for processing all the paperwork.

In addition, as you research whether you can afford to purchase a home, don't forget to include the day-to-day expenses you'll incur after you close.

These costs include:

§ Utilities
§ Homeowner or condo association dues
§ Property taxes (mentioned above)
§ City or county taxes

Not sure where to get started? Give us a call and we will pre-qualify you or have someone pre-qualify you ASAP!! Contact us today at 630-445-8638.

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