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What Kind Of New Home Can You Afford

Feb 11, 2008
There are so many factors and decisions that bring on the final result of a new home. Some of the decisions are yours, like choosing which house is your favorite and how much to offer. The rest of the decisions, some of which are most important, are up to the lender.

Before you begin shopping for a new home, stop by your lender's office and chat. Your loan officer will ask for your financial information including check stubs, savings account balances, investment fund balances, and even other debt balances.

The bank will use this information to see if you can actually repay them for a mortgage loan. Most people will qualify for a home loan, just the amount the lender is willing to loan will vary. One of the only reasons you might not qualify would be because of your credit rating.

They will also need some personal information to access your credit rating and report. This report holds all of the information about your past lenders and how you paid them back. It will show if you are able to make payments on time, and if you have ever paid extra towards the principal.

By looking at your financial information and your credit rating, your personal lender will decide if you are financially worthy to borrow money, and exactly how much of a loan you qualify for. Your bank will give you an amount that you may use to buy a house.

You will need to discuss with your loan officer how much money they will need as a down payment. Depending on whether you are a first time home buyer, your bank could ask for anywhere between 0% and 20% of the buying price as a down payment.

Your bank will add, subtract, multiply, and divide these numbers a million times to give you what we call a good faith estimate. This is a list of all of the loan origination fees, and other charges that come with buying a new house. Your interest rate and even an estimate of your monthly payment will be on this document.

Now, the bank has decided that you can qualify for this amount, but do you think you can qualify? Put your monthly estimate of the new loan into your budget and see how well it works. If you are currently renting, don't forget to add in any extra bills that come with owning a house such as yearly repairs and caring for a yard.

When buying a house, it is more important that your mortgage loan is manageable. You would probably be better off buying a house that costs less that your maximum borrowing amount and use any extra cash to pay the loan off sooner.

Now one more thing before you go house shopping. Obviously you are buying a new house for either more room, different location, or any other reason that is important to you.

Decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms and garage stalls you want before you house. This way you can find a suitable house that fits your needs without buying the house with the price that matches your maximum borrowing amount. Don't feel obligated to spend as much as the bank finds you worthy for.
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