How to Buy a House in Harrisburg PA - How Much House Can You Afford? The typical homebuyer has been browsing through properties online and driving around looking for yard signs. This is a great start since it is important to get an idea of what you are looking for; however, when considering how to buy a house, it is even more important to know how much you can afford to spend. Follow these steps to get a basic idea of what monthly mortgage payment will work for you:
- Allowable Monthly Debt Payments
Although it varies, many lenders typically prefer that when you buy a house, your monthly debt and housing costs are less than 28% of your gross monthly income. Even if your debts are higher than 28% of your income, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a mortgage, there are financing programs that help make homeownership a reality for people from various financial backgrounds.
$5,500 Gross Monthly Income*
x .28 Debt-to-income ratio
= $1,540 Allowable Monthly Debt Payment
*You and your spouse’s total income before taxes and other expenses
- Total Monthly Debt Expenses
When you buy a house, add together your regular monthly debt payments: car payments, student loans, required minimum credit card payment, and any others.
$300 Monthly Car Payment
+ $150 Monthly Tuition Payments
+ $90 Other Monthly Debt Payments
= $540 Total Monthly Debt Expenses
- Maximum Mortgage Payment
Subtract your monthly debt expenses from your allowable monthly debt payment in order to find your maximum mortgage payment.
$1,540 Allowable Monthly Debt Payment
- $540 Total Monthly Debt Expenses
= $1,000 Maximum Mortgage Payment
Keep in mind that when you buy a house, your maximum mortgage payment should include mortgage insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and property taxes.
If you want to buy a house, and need to know how much you can afford, or if you have questions or need help obtaining a mortgage, please don’t hesitate to contact our loan officer at GMH Mortgage.
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