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Don’t Bite Off More Mortgage Than You Can Chew

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Have you ever heard the old saying “don’t bite off more than you can chew?”

In short, this means don’t take on more than you can comfortably handle. Unfortunately, many people make this mistake when buying a home.

While your intentions are good, it’s easy to become so overwhelmed with the process that you end up overspending.

If you’re concerned about going down this path, here are three steps you can take:

•    Know your absolute maximum monthly payment. It’s imperative that you have a clear idea of exactly how much you are willing to spend each month on your mortgage. If the number is $1,500, for example, don’t exceed it – not even be a single dollar.
•    Shop for the lowest possible rate. One of the best ways to secure a lower mortgage payment is to obtain a competitive interest rate. A single percentage point can have a big impact on your mortgage payment, so you want to shop around until you know which lender can get you the best deal.
•    Keep your other costs in mind. It’s easy to bite off more mortgage than you can chew. It’s also easy to overlook the many other expenses that go along with buying a home. From taxes to insurance, from maintenance to upgrades, there will always be an expense staring you in the face. These need to be considered when setting your budget.

The best way to avoid this problem is to take great care as you’re shopping for a home. If you don’t look at properties that are overpriced (in regards to your budget) you will never be tempted to overspend.

It may not seem like a big deal upfront, but a mortgage payment that is too big to comfortably handle can cause you a lot of trouble in the long run. This is why you need to get on the right track from the start.

Would you add any other advice to the three points above? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Frank on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:20

It's all about % of total income. General rule is no more than 30% of your income, but I would advise no more than 20%

It's all about % of total income. General rule is no more than 30% of your income, but I would advise no more than 20%
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