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Top factors to consider to determine if you can afford a mortgage

by Julie Hillebrand 01/22/2023

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As you enter the world of real estate, funding for your next home purchase stands on the forefront of the homebuying process. Understanding what you can afford may help you in starting your journey to find your next abode. 

What factors determine how much house can I afford?

To figure out your finances to determine how much home you can afford, consider these factors: 

  • Money you have saved up for a down payment and closing costs. 
  • Your monthly income, including your salary and from other sources. 
  • The debt you’ve accrued. 

The 28/36 rule - what it is & how it works

If you’d like to use a system to manage your finances, consider utilizing the 28/36 rule. With this method, you dedicate no more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income to household expenses such as utilities and mortgage payments. Your debt shouldn’t take over 36 percent of your gross income. 

Using this system helps you manage debts and financial duties, and demonstrates to mortgage lenders you can afford a monthly mortgage payment. 

Should I buy a house?

Before starting the home buying journey, it’s ideal to consider your overall standing to make sure you’re ready to purchase a home. 

Consider your credit score - a higher credit score may spell approval from more lenders and lower interest rates. Do you have adequate cash reserved to afford a down payment, closing costs and other fees associated with buying a home? By answering these questions you’ll get a better idea if homeownership is feasible in the near future. 

Purchasing a home takes effort and much consideration, so take your time during the process and figure out your finances to jumpstart your journey.

About the Author

Julie Hillebrand

My personal commitment is to exceed your expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I feel that it is very important to know who you are working with when making any real estate purchase or sale.

I am a dedicated and knowledgeable Tucson real estate agent who can provide you with the highly specialized information that will help you make the right decisions. It’s the combination of this unique market-knowledge and excellent negotiating skills that enable me to get you the optimal price for any property you plan to sell or buy.

I have been a Tucson real estate agent since 1997, I am a Relocation Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representative, Graduate of the Realtor Institute and Certified Distressed Property Expert. I have the knowledge, experience and education to assure your experience is a successful one.
In my spare time,  I enjoy spending time riding my horse, hiking, biking, skiing and anything in the great outdoors.

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