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How to know you can afford your own home

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With the real estate market growing stronger, you may be considering buying your own home. Buying your house is probably going to be the largest purchase you will ever make, so it’s not something to take lightly. If you are currently renting a home or apartment, and you can comfortably afford your rent, then you may think that you can afford a mortgage with the same monthly payment. That’s a common misconception, but there is more to home buying than just the monthly mortgage payment. Before you start looking for a home of your own, you need to know if you can afford the costs of ownership.

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How to know you can afford your own home

  1. 1. How to Know You Can Afford Your Own Home With the real estate market growing stronger, you may be considering buying your own home. Buying your house is probably going to be the largest purchase you will ever make, so it’s not something to take lightly. If you are currently renting a home or apartment, and you can comfortably afford your rent, then you may think that you can afford a mortgage with the same monthly payment. That’s a common misconception, but there is more to home buying than just the monthly mortgage payment. Before you start looking for a home of your own, you need to know if you can afford the costs of ownership. DOWN PAYMENT AND PRIVATE MORTGAGE INSURANCE When you buy a home, you need to make sure that you have the money for the buying process. Many lenders require a 20 percent down payment, and if you don’t have that amount, they require Private Mortgage Insurance(PMI). PMI protects the lender if you default on the mortgage, but you’re paying for that protection. On average, PMI adds between 40 and 60 dollars per month for every 100,000 dollars financed.
  2. 2. PROPERTY TAXES Many states and local governments require home owners to pay property taxes either annually or semi-annually. The taxes are often divided up into your mortgage payments, and they can change over time, based on the yearly assessment by the county of residence and increases or decreases in tax percentages. After interest fees, property taxes are usually the highest cost of owning a house. HOME INSURANCE When you buy your home, you have to have homeowner’s insurance in order to get a mortgage approved. While there are many options available, your policy needs to cover the cost to rebuild your house and replace the contents. The average yearly house insurance is an additional 80 dollars a month. The value of your home, the likelihood of natural disaster, and other variables can affect that rate significantly. REPAIRS AND UPKEEP Repairs and maintenance play a large role in the cost of home ownership. Even if you can pay the mortgage, PMI, taxes, and insurance, you also have to factor in that nearly everything in a house will need to be repaired or replaced. It is incredibly important that, as a homeowner, you can factor savings into your budget for both emergencies such as a broken furnace, or a large replacement, such as a roof. Euguene Schneur is a real estate mogul and the co-founder of Omni New York.

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