Buying a home is one of the most exciting times for individuals, couples and families. If you’ve asked yourself, “How much do I need to make to buy a house,” you’re not the only one! Many Americans ask themselves the same question when the time comes to become a homeowner.
At times, there can be a level of incongruence when looking at what you want versus what you can afford. Luckily many variables come into finding the perfect blend, and a simple evaluation of your finances and home preferences will often produce the end result you want… a home you love!
The first step you will want to take is to evaluate your gross monthly income. A mortgage company and a home loan take your gross monthly income and give a loan based on your ability to repay. Although a mortgage payment is an amount based on your home value, your income comes into play here, too.
A simple formula using your target mortgage payment plus any debt divided by your debt-to-income ratio (between 36%-45%) will give you a rough estimate of the gross monthly income you will need in order to buy a house.
Next, you will want to consider a downpayment. This can be done by evaluating the debt you have, organizing how much money you can put down for overhead costs, evaluating the current interest rate on a loan and integrating all of those variables into the price of the home you wish to purchase.
In the scenario for a home valued at around $300,000 with no pending debt(s) the following is to be considered:
This year is turning out to be a great time to buy a home in Phoenix, and your income doesn’t have to limit you. Finding the perfect blend of what you want and what you can afford is a great first step to buying or listing a home through Housso. Our real estate professionals are ready to give you expert advice on how to make your homeownership dreams come true!