Buyers – Determining Your Budget

Posted on October 19, 2010. Filed under: Buyers |

Many people have the questions “Can I afford this house”, “What Can I Afford”, “Can I Spend a Little More and Get What I Really Want”. Before you start looking for a new house, you should first decide what you can afford, and then set a price range for your house shopping.

Here are some tools you can use to see both the kinds of expenses you may have, as well as calculate what you can afford for a mortgage payment each month.

Affordability Calculator
Mortgage Calculator
Amortization Calculator
Renting vs. Buying
Affordability Calculator

The above tools can help you to determine what your monthly budget will be for a mortgage.  There are many things to take into consideration when calculating for your monthly mortgage.  Below is a list of the most common monthly expenses a buyer will have:

  • Car Payment
  • Car Insurance
  • Credit Cards
  • Student Loans
  • Internet/Phone/Cable
  • Utilities
  • Food & Entertainment
  • Memberships (HOA, Club, Health)
  • Health Insurance
  • Property Taxes
  • Homeowners Insurance

While there are many steps to take to get you on your way to homeownership, in the end you will have made an investment that if managed and purchased smartly, can potentially bring you a good financial return in the end.

Happy House Hunting!


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