How Much Home Can You Afford

Before you start looking at homes, it's a good idea to find a target price range that you can afford.  A mortgage lender will want to make sure you can handle the down payment, plus a monthly mortgage payment made up of principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI).

Home agents are using a calculator to calculate the loan period each month for the customer.

Interest rates and your personal finances will influence the amount of house you can afford.  That's why it's always good to talk to a lender before you start shopping for a home.

There are a wide variety of loan programs available to buyers.

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In order to plan properly, you need to understand what lenders are looking for from a borrower.  There are three factors that help determine if you qualify for home financing.




Most loan programs require you to verify all of your income sources.  Your mortgage consultant will let you know what documentation is needed.  Typically, you will need to provide pay stubs and your W-2, and if you are self-employed, you may need to provide copies of your tax returns.

The required down payment varies according to the loan program.  There are several affordable options for borrowers.  Closing costs are associated with finalizing the transaction and include the appraisal fee, loan origination fee, title insurance, escrow services and legal recording of documents.  Each loan is different, so it is important to discuss these fees with a mortgage expert.

All lenders review a borrower's credit history to determine the type of credit used, the amount owed and the borrower's history of repaying debt.

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