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How to Prepare for a Mortgage Payment

How to Prepare for a Mortgage Payment

Are you in the process of searching for your first home? If so, you are dealing with many feelings. On one side of things, this is the most exciting time of your life. Conversely, you are sure to have some fears in regards to paying a mortgage.

A mortgage payment is a big change for some people, especially those who have lived rent-free in the past.

While it may be scary to take on this payment, it’s all part of life for most people. If you are worried about what’s to come, here are three ways to prepare for a monthly mortgage payment:

1. Know Your Budget

No matter what, you should never bite off more than you can chew. You know how much you can afford to pay each month for your home, and it’s a must that you stick to this number. The quickest way to add financial stress is to take on a mortgage payment you are not comfortable making.

2. Live Like This

Are you currently renting an apartment? Are you living rent-free, such as with your parents? Every month, set aside money that acts as a mortgage payment. Can you comfortably do so? Do you really miss the money that much? Once you are comfortable with this, it is easy to move onto the real thing.

3. Consider Other Expenses

Taking on a mortgage payment is one thing. However, don’t forget that there are expenses that come along with this. For instance, you will have to pay property taxes and homeowner’s insurance. And don’t forget about utilities and regular maintenance. These other expenses can quickly add up.

If a mortgage payment is in your future, these three steps will go a long way in ensuring that you are prepared for everything that’s to come.

Do you have any additional advice for first-time homeowners? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

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Comments 1

Frank on Thursday, 21 April 2016 16:32

#3 is a must and those other expenses can be very meaningful. Make sure you go online and look at a view mortgage calculators to estimate how much you are going to spend.

#3 is a must and those other expenses can be very meaningful. Make sure you go online and look at a view mortgage calculators to estimate how much you are going to spend.
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