What to expect for your budget when buying a property I The Property Fox
Posted on 15th March 2023
Are you looking to take the next big step in life and purchase a property?
If so, chances are you're feeling energised and optimistic - however there are also several important practical considerations that need to be taken into account!
Chief amongst these is your budget - being aware of what financial commitments will come with purchasing and running a home can save you a lot of stress in the long run.
Read on to arm yourself with knowledge, so that when it comes time to make an offer, you have complete clarity on what price range is realistic for you.
Some of things that you need to budget for are highlighted below;
- Mortgage payments
- Property taxes
- Building insurance
- Maintenance costs
- Utility bills
- Homeowners association fees
- Closing costs (including loan origination fees, title search and appraisal)
- Moving expenses/furnishings costs for the new property
- Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) if applicable
But the main thing that people will want to know is what they can get for their budget!
How big will the house be?
What type of neighbourhood will you be living in? How much space do you realistically need and can afford?
All these questions are important to consider when estimating your budget.
Before you start looking for properties, it is important to get a pre-qualification from your lender in order to know what price range you should be looking in.
They will ask for details such as income, assets and liabilities to determine how much money you can borrow.
Remember, the amount you qualify for is not always the recommended amount to borrow, so it’s important to think about what you can realistically afford.
By being aware of your budget and what is available for that price, you can avoid the pitfalls of buying something too expensive.
Armed with the knowledge of how much you can afford, you will be more confident to make an informed decision when it comes time to purchasing your first property.
Good luck with your home buying journey!
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