How Much Mortgage You Can Afford?

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Mortgage and Lending with Bay Equity Bay Equity NMLS #76988

Setting Your Budget: How to Analyze Your Finances to Determine How Much Mortgage You Can AffordWhether you're buying a home for the first time or you've decided it's about time that you upgraded to a larger, more expansive house, if you're making a real estate purchase you'll need to be aware of how much you can reasonably afford to borrow in a mortgage. In today's post we'll take a look at a few ways that you can analyze your financial situation to help decide how much mortgage you can truly afford.

Prepare An Honest Monthly Budget:

The first step in understanding how much of a monthly payment you can afford is to create an honest monthly budget which includes all of your family's income and spending. Although you won't have to pay them every month, it's also important that you include costs that show up irregularly like car repairs, Christmas gifts or tuition bills as these still need to be paid. The more information you can place in your budget, the more accurate your financial picture will be.

Your Down Payment Plays A Huge Role:

As you might imagine, the amount you can invest in your down payment plays a significant role in how much mortgage financing you will need. Every dollar that you can place in your down payment today is one less dollar that you'll need to borrow and pay interest on over the amortization period of your mortgage. Take some time to consider how much you can put down, and see if there's any way you can bump this figure a bit higher.

What Interest Rate Will You End Up Paying?

Small changes to your mortgage interest rate can have significant impacts on how much you are required to pay back over the life of your mortgage. As you're shopping around, be sure to consider how long your interest rates are valid for and try to determine the lowest rate you might qualify for. You may also find it helpful to use an online mortgage calculator which can help you to understand how your interest rate impacts your monthly payments.

Consult A Mortgage Professional To Learn More:

While building a quick budget to analyze your family's expenses is easy, factoring in all of the various items that a lender will consider might be harder than you expect. If you have questions about the mortgage process and whether or not you're ready financially, contact your local mortgage professional today.

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David, of course this is all great information. Comparing your salary to your expenses, and figuring out the difference in your current mortgage to an estimated mortgage if you happen to move is also great information to prepare anyone looking to buy.

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This is very good information for prospective home buyers.

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Thanks for your kind words, and

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