How Much Can you Afford?

November 24, 2021


Why is it so important to know how much you can afford to spend on a home?

Two reasons.

First, you don’t want to buy a property and then find out, after you’ve moved in, that you can’t financially maintain it.  That would mean having to resell it under stressful conditions.

Second, you don’t want to settle for a property that’s less than ideal, when you really could have afforded the “dream home” you’ve always wanted.

So how do you figure out how much you can afford to pay for your next home?

The first step is to gain a clearer understanding of how much your current home will likely sell for in today’s market.  That amount, together with other financial resources you might have (such as savings), will determine your available down payment.

The next thing you’ll need to figure out is the maximum amount of mortgage for which you qualify.

Say, through the proceeds of the sale of your home combined with your savings, your expected down payment is $200,000.  If the lender authorizes a mortgage of $600,000, then you can afford a $800,000 home.

Typically, your lender determines your maximum mortgage based on, among other things, a percentage of your income, to ensure you can maintain the property.

It’s worth doing your own calculations too.  Calculate your anticipated utilities, insurance, and property tax, and make sure you have some money set aside for unanticipated expenses.

Of course, you don’t need to spend as much as you qualify for on a new home.  A home that meets your needs in terms of property type, features, and community, may in fact cost you less.

I have access to great resources such as mortgage calculators and mortgage partners to help you determine what you can afford to buy as well as maintain after you buy.  Contact me to help you guide through that determination.

Also visit the Arrange Financing page on my website to access a number of resources such as:

Home Buyer’s Financing Guide prepared in cooperation with one of my mortgage partners, Maria Capone.

Common Costs When Buying a Home

Amount Due At Closing Calculator – Excel Spreadsheet

Common Costs to Own a Home