# Here's A Quick Way To Figure Out How Much House Can You Afford

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Porter Ranch Calbre Lic 01200694

The stock answer given to this question is, if you rent and have cash for a down payment you can purchase a home. But what if you don't rent? Then here's the simplified version of what a mortgage broker would do with you.

Step One:  Annual Salary

What is your gross monthly income from all sources? If your annual salary is \$75,000, divide this by 12 and you'll see that your monthly income is \$6,250.

Step Two: Monthly salary x percent you want to spend.

Broker and financial planners ill recommend that you spend anywhere between 25% and 6% of your monthly income on household expenses. We're going to use 36%.  \$6,260 x 36= \$2,250.

Add up your current monthly debt. This Includes things like a car, loan, insurance, school loans, credit cards, and any other personal debt your may have. All of this added together gives you your total debt. Just a guess, but let's say that these add up to \$750 a month.

Step Four: Amount you want to spend- Total debt.

Now, take that total debt and subtract it from the amount that you were willing to spend per month to get your maximum monthly payment: \$2,250-\$750= \$1,500.

Step Five: Monthly payment x 12

Multiply that house payment by 12 month, and you have \$18,000 to spend each year.

Step Six: Annual payment interest rate.

Divide this annual amount by the current interest rate (I'm using 10%, because it's a nice round number and a good average). So, \$18,000- 10 leaves you with \$180,000 available for a mortgage.

Step 7: Mortgage + down payment.

Now, take the amount you've calculated that you can afford to pay for a mortgage and the amount of cash you have on hand to make a down payment and you get your purchase price.

So, using the current example: The mortgage was \$180,000 plus you have \$20,000 on hand for a down payment, then you can afford to purchase a home for \$200,000.

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Alberto Pacheco These are very good helpful tips to figure out value of a house.

Jun 13, 2016 01:46 PM #1
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This is a great and simple procedure, however I would do it more realistic once you calculate your monthly mortgage payment in step 4, you will need to find out the interest rate on the market and use a financial calculator.

you input \$1,500 in PMT, 360 in N (number of payments) and solve for PV, this would be the amount of thr mortgage.

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Thank you John for reading my posting

Jun 14, 2016 09:39 AM #3
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JM thank you for reblogging it.

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