Purchasing a home is the largest financial decision most of us will make so it’s important to do your due diligence. Things to take into consideration include the type of property you can afford, and which neighborhood will be best for you.
It’s important to consider every point very carefully and to resist making an emotional decision that you may regret later on down the line. One thing that does need to be addressed is what will happen if you lose your job, as if you believe it may be at risk in the foreseeable future, it might not be the right time to purchase a home. You’ll find mortgage lenders are not sympathetic towards missed payments and it’s best to only buy a home when you are confident you will be able to afford the monthly payments for the foreseeable future and feel your job is secure.
When you do purchase a home, it’s best if you plan to stay there for several years to try to recoup the costs, and the article in aol.com has a link to a calculator that can help you determine the breakeven point on your home purchase compared to renting. This will show you whether or not you should continue renting a home for the time being. Buying a property might also not be a good idea if you intend to move cities or think there is a possibility of doing so in the future, perhaps for a job. It can be difficult to sell a home at short notice without incurring large losses.
If you’re thinking about buying a home with a partner then have a good think about the stability of the relationship. If there is the possibility you could split in the future then it might be best to buy on your own, or to delay until you feel surer about the long term prospects with your partner.
Also think about your current level of debt. If you have a high debt ratio it might not be the right time to make such a large financial commitment. As a general rule of thumb, if your expenses come to more than 50% of your monthly income you probably wouldn’t be able to get a mortgage in any case, and even if you could secure a loan it would be at a higher interest rate which may end up costing you thousands of dollars over the entire loan. Instead it’s better to think about paying down your debts before purchasing a home.