Advice When Budgeting for Your First Home

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When buying your first home, rushing to make the payment is definitely not the way to go. Especially when so much goes into the process of home-buying today, budgeting is even more important. Buying your first home can be an exciting process, but nobody wants to go through financial trouble after moving into the perfect home. Here is some advice when budgeting for your first home.

Save When Budgeting.

 Once you start to budget and plan on paying for your first home, begin to save about 10% of each paycheck. This money should be invested, will grow, and will be useful for a down payment. Down payments usually range from 3.5% to 10% of the purchase price of the home. When budgeting, consider other costs such as the home inspection, appraisal, and the underwriting fee. Along with other expenses, these can add up to large numbers. Unexpected costs may always arise, so it is recommended to have at least a few months’ payments and other expenses set aside to make life easier. Also see:  How Much Money Do I Need To Buy a House?

 Be Aware of Your Financial Situation.

Be aware of your current financial situation, and don’t buy a home you can’t afford. Budgeting involves consideration of what you have now and what you plan on having in the future. There are mortgage calculators and tools you can use to determine how much you can afford for your first home. Improvements to your new home can maybe wait until your financial situation settles down. Wait to install that home theatre until you save up and pay off some debts.

Get Educated on Loans for Your First Home.

When taking out loans for your first home, be aware of the different home loan options and which is best for you. Once again, be aware of your finances and make sure you can afford your loan. Ultimately you are the one making the payments. Budgeting for your first home can become complicated, but being aware of the different types of loans and terms can make the process much easier.

So overall, budgeting is a lot like the overall home-buying process. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Realize there are many factors involved and budgeting is an involved process. Most importantly, it doesn’t stop after your first home is purchased. Budgeting is important to avoid financial stress during the home-buying process, and just as important after you find your perfect first home. Here are my preferred mortgage lenders in the Ozarks Area.

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Comments (5)

Austin Herbert
DNJ Gateway Mortgage - Raleigh, NC

Great post Ana, very useful tips

Jun 20, 2011 08:23 AM
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Always pay yourself first! and once you are in your new home, dont jump in and do all the projects you want at the same time, Baby steps here and avoid borrowing money when fixing up your home.  Plan Plan Plan, and you will stay out of trouble.

Jun 20, 2011 08:26 AM
Dave Wierzbicki
RE/Act Real Estate Coaching System - Reading, PA
RE/Act Real Estate Coaching System

Can't we teach this schools so when the kids are ready to buy they have some insight

wouldnt that make sense

Jun 20, 2011 08:50 AM
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Ditto to Dave's Comment, Schools should teach some basic finance/credit/savings/budgeting as a requirement to graduate high school....

Jun 21, 2011 04:16 AM
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