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Am I Ready to Buy a House?

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canstockphoto8243403It’s a question that many people ask themselves every day. Am I ready to buy a house? How do I know if I am both financially and emotionally ready to take on the responsibility of a home loan, insurance, etc.? Consider the following questions to help you decide whether or not you are ready to buy a home:

  • How long have you been considering buying? The longer you’ve been thinking about it, the more time you’ve probably had to consider your finances and all of the responsibility that goes along with buying a home. That doesn’t mean that you’re ill prepared if this is the first time you’ve thought about it, of course.
  • Do you have a budget? A surprising number of people do not have a monthly budget. When you are renting and you know that you are making more than you are spending, this is not that big of a deal. It should become a big deal, however, when you are considering buying a home. At the very least, you need to know how much money you are making each month.
  • What is your credit score? Your credit score is one of the biggest factors home loan lenders consider when they decide whether or not to lend to you.
  • How are you employed? Even if you are making more than enough money to cover your mortgage payments and other monthly expenses, your lender will still want to know where your money comes from and how steady that income is.
  • Are you considering changing jobs? If you are, this might change how ready you are to buy a home. A home is a very long-term investment, as most home loan terms start out at thirty years. Of course, you can always sell the house before then, but getting out of a rental lease is much easier and less expensive than trying to sell a house because you’ve changed jobs and need to move.
  • Do you have any other debts? Not only does debt factor into your credit score, how much other debt you have may affect whether or not a lender is willing to give you a home loan.
  • What are your other expenses? Carefully considering how much other money you spend and on what can help you determine if you’re ready to buy a home.
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