Can I afford this home?
Before you start looking for your first home, or your next home, you need to be able to answer the question “How Much Home Can I Afford?” Looking for a home before you know that answer can be frustrating and a waste of your time. If you will have to take out a mortgage, you need to determine how much of a loan you qualify to make.
How much money do you have for a down payment?
What is your current income?
What is your debt?
What other liabilities do you have?
What assets do you have?
A home is likely the most valuable asset you will have. It is a big decision and a very important one. Emotions are involved, but this is a business decision and part of your investment strategy. Before you make any decisions, understand what you can afford.
Work with a reputable mortgage broker to determine what size loan you qualify to obtain. Once you take this step you will be able to focus your search on homes that are within your price range. This will save time and energy looking at properties that are beyond your means.