Your cheatsheet for figuring out if you can afford to buy a house:
STEP 1: ADD UP YOUR TOTAL MONTHLY INCOME
STEP 2: MULTIPLY THAT NUMBER BY 25% TO GET YOUR MAXIMUM MORTGAGE AMOUNT (For example: if your monthly income is $6,000 / month, your mortgage payment couldn’t exceed $1,500 / month).
STEP 3: USE A MORTGAGE CALCULATOR to plug in your numbers to determine your monthly mortgage payment based on the purchase price, down payment amount and interest rate.
STEP 4: Don’t forget to factor in other expenses such as utilities, appliances, ongoing home maintenance, taxes and homeowner’s insurance.
STEP 5: You’ll also need to budget for costs associated with the home purchase such as a home inspection, appraisal, closing costs, etc.
If you want to discuss specifics and find out what your personal numbers look like, the best step is to schedule an appointment with a lender who can talk to you about your options, different loan programs and any special financing that might be available.
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