Home prices and attractive mortgage rates make this year 2012, a quite good year to buy a house. For many of us, buying a new home is one of the biggest decisions of our lives and is normal to be so since that involves a tremendous financial and emotional effort.
There are so many factors to consider before taking a decision and one of the most important is how much you can pay for a home without affecting your lifestyle.
KNOWING HOW MUCH YOU CAN AFFORD
Before you start looking for your dream house review all expenses that have to do such as:
– How much will be your down payment;
– Your household income;
– Your current debt;
– An estimated monthly housing costs;
– An estimated monthly closing costs;
Finally, to determine what is the price you can afford you can visit any bank online calculator.
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WORK WITHIN a BUDGET
The smart way is to work within a budget. This means to establish a maximum limit of expenditure.
In this way, you will be able to buy your home without disrupting your lifestyle that you used. You can find online budgeting tools that can help you to establish how much you need to spend within the limits set by you.
ASK for ADVICE and DO YOUR RESEARCH
Ask your family members or friends for advice. Do your research.
Many websites can offer you many useful advices and helpful tips. Also, a good idea is to reach a bank mortgage specialist.
ADVANTAGE of BEING FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS
No words can describe how exciting it is to buy your first home. It is actually, a milestone for everyone.
Being a homeowner gives you a great feeling but at the same time, you will have many new responsibilities. Therefore, many new first-time homebuyers are sometime pretty nervous and stressed about the whole process, because they do not know what is the best option, what to expect or how to make a good decision.
Many are afraid that buying a home means living outside their means. However, with a competent advice and working within a budget you can live your life and pay a mortgage. In other words, you can buy your new home without disturbing your lifestyle.
A mortgage specialist can help you a lot to understand all the financial aspects about owning a home.
CREATE a WISH LIST
Make your wish list. How do you want to look your dream home versus nice or good to have house.
First, start establishing your down payment amount. Establishing a comfortable and affordable down payment is critical in the purchasing process. There are many mortgage options available depending on how much is your down payment.
ADDITIONAL FACTOR in YOUR CLOSING COSTS
It is wise to be cautious.
Try to know from the beginning what the closing costs will be. However, when calculating these closing costs, it is a good idea to add at least 1.5 per cent of the purchase price.
GET PRE-APPROVED for a MORTGAGE
Speak with your mortgage specialist and see if you can qualify for a mortgage. It is critical to know which mortgage options are best for you.
MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS
Of course, interest rates are critically important for each homebuyer, but more important is the right mortgage solution for you.
You need to consider carefully all types of mortgages, terms, flexibility and all the various payment options. After all, they have the heaviest impact on the house overall price.
CONSIDER all UNFORESEEN EXPENSES from the BEGINNING
There are several additional costs when you buy a home such as lawyer fee, professional home inspections, land transfer tax, property insurance and property tax, not to mention moving expenses, electricity, heating and water.
You should be realistic when you are buying a home, especially if you are buying for the first time. Do not over or under estimate how much you can afford to buy your new home.
There are online mortgage calculators that can help you to estimate precisely the maximum mortgage amount you can afford without affecting your lifestyle.