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For the vast majority people, buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions they’ll make during their lifetime. Accordingly, purchasing a home is a decision that most people don’t take lightly. If you’re interested in purchasing a home for the first time, you may be wondering whether you’re truly ready. Here are a few no-nonsense ways to know you’re ready to buy your very first home.
Doing well financially is one of the best indicators that an individual is ready to buy their starter home. To evaluate how well you’re doing financially, one question that you should ask yourself is “How much credit card debt, auto loans, student loans, and personal loans do I have?” Unless, you have the funds to pay for the house in full, you will have to get a loan in the form of mortgage to pay for your home. If you’re already sitting on a big pile of debt, you may want to whittle at this pile a bit before buying your first home.
You should also take your credit score into consideration. If you have a bad credit score, this is likely a sign that you’re not managing your finances as well as you could. You should consider cleaning up these issues before shopping for your first home.
Another sign that you’re ready to buy a home is having money saved for the down payment. While you can purchase a home with a down payment as small as 3.5 percent, that doesn’t mean you should. The more money you put towards the down payment, the less you will spend on your home in the long run.
Keep in mind that the down payment is not the only cost you should consider. Insurance, closing costs, money for furnishings and repairs, and taxes are all a few costs you need to consider.
If you haven’t found a career or job that you’re willing and able to keep for a while, you may not want to start shopping for a home just yet. Since you’ll likely be paying a mortgage for the home, you need a steady, well-paying job that will give you the funds you need to pay the mortgage. Also, if you quit your job and get a new one, it’s possible that the new job will be a two hour commute away from your home. Once you buy a home, it’s not as easy to move to be closer to a new job.
Buying a home is not a decision that you should make on a whim. For more information about the process of buying a home, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Midland Mortgage. Ask us questions or schedule service through our website’s contact us page.