Buying a Second Home? Assessing Your Finances to Ensure You Can Afford a Second Mortgage

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Buying a Second Home? Assessing Your Finances to Ensure You Can Afford a Second Mortgage

Buying a Second Home? Assessing Your Finances to Ensure You Can Afford a Second Mortgage The decision to buy a second home may be made for a number of reasons. For example, you may have a destination where you and your family love to spend free time in, and you may be ready to settle into your own space in this location. You may considering the tax benefits associated with a second home, and you may even have plans to live in the home as your primary residence after you retire.

While there may be numerous benefits associated with the purchase of your second home, you may be concerned about how affordable it will be for you to manage the additional expense of a second mortgage payment.

Consider All Of The New Expenses Related To The Purchase

A second mortgage payment may be a rather major expense to take on, but it is not the only expense related to buying the new property. In order to ensure that the mortgage payment is affordable, you need to ensure that all aspects of secondary home ownership are affordable for you.

For example, consider HOA dues, repairs and maintenance expenses, property taxes, insurance and cleaning or lawn care service since you will not be available to handle these chores on a regular basis. If you can comfortably take on all of these expenses, you may make your purchase with confidence.

Increase Your Emergency Savings Account Balance

While your current budget may easily accommodate the new mortgage payment and the related expenses, the unfortunate truth is that your income or expenses may not remain static in the future. You may suffer from unemployment or a serious illness that reduces your income. You may have extra expenses due to a car accident or severe damage to a home.

These are just a few of the many things that can happen, and it is important that you have an adequate cash reserve in your emergency savings account that allows you to pay for all of your expenses for at least several months. Because your expenses will increase substantially with your new mortgage payment, you may need to increase your emergency savings account balance.

 

While it can seem intimidating to take on a new mortgage payment and other related household expenses for a second home, you may be able to more comfortably take on this additional expense when you follow these tips. You may also speak with a mortgage professional to get a quote for your new mortgage payment and interest rate.

Shawn Gerhardson with Waterstone Mortgage Waterstone Mortgage Gerhardson Team

 

About the Author

Shawn Gerhardson (NMLS #274129) is an active loan officer with Waterstone Mortgage. Email Shawn directly atsgerhardson@waterstonemortgage.com, call at 763-691-0202 or click to get a free, no-obligation rate quote. You can also find Shawn on Twitter @Mortgageg and on Facebook Specialties: Purchase, Refinance, Debt Consolidation, Conventional, USDA Rural Housing, FHA,VA and MHFA Loans. Credit Repair, Relationship Networking, Direct experience with starting a networking group from the ground up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great article - I had not thought of some of these things previously.  I usually ask my clients lots of questions like these prior to their purchase.  There are a few new questions I can now add to make sure they are making the right decisions for themselves.  Thanks for sharing.

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