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Considering Your Finances: Is Home Ownership the Best Choice?

by Debbie Goldberg 04/24/2022

Whether you’re planning on buying investment property or a new home, there are financial factors to consider. Knowing the details of your financial situation will help you make the best decision and help avoid unnecessary stress. If you’re trying to decide between renting and buying, here are some of the main financial things to go over:

Savings

Most financial experts advise you to save up to 6 months of emergency savings before you buy a home. Emergency savings are always a good idea to have, but when you’re considering purchasing a home, it becomes especially important. Before making a major investment, make sure you have the means to stay afloat in case something goes wrong.

Down Payments

It’s possible to purchase a home with a tiny down payment, but even the lower percentages are thousands of dollars. The bigger the down payment, the less money you owe to your lender. For this reason, many potential homebuyers opt for a larger down payment both to save on accrued interest and private mortgage insurance.

Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI)

Most lenders will consider your debt-to-income ratio as part of your qualification for a loan. Luckily, this ratio is simple to calculate yourself. To find your own DTI, divide your monthly expenses—including loan and credit card payments—by your monthly gross income. This will give you a good idea of how you stack up compared to lender requirements.

Credit Score

Higher credit scores typically mean better chances of being approved for a lower interest rate on a mortgage. Your credit score comprises many financial factors. You can improve it by lowering your credit usage and paying your bills on time. While it might not seem important, even a percentage point matters for getting a good interest rate.

The financial part of home ownership can be overwhelming, but as long as you know the important metrics, you will make the best decision for your own situation. Keep these financials in mind to make the best choice.

About the Author
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Debbie Goldberg

I'm a full time Realtor with over 30 years of experience yet young enough to embrace today's ever-changing scope of marketing and technology. Having grown up in Connecticut and moved many times (too many to count!) I can empathize with today's buyers and sellers. Strictly maintaining ethical standards and being a fierce advocate on behalf of my clients are things I take very seriously. As a buyer, you can expect me to listen to and evaluate your real estate wants and needs. I can assist in explaining relevant forms, agreements, and closing procedures. I will guide you through the process of finding the right home, negotiating your offer, adhering to all contract dates and terms as well as final walk through and closing procedures. As a seller, I will listen to and evaluate your goals, needs, and timing in order to properly price your home to get the maximum exposure needed to attract the right buyers. In addition to negotiating on your behalf, I will make sure we communicate throughout the entire process as we navigate the contract terms, finance and inspection contingencies, as well as all closing procedures. I was born in Japan, grew up in Hamden and lived in New York, Ohio and Southern California before settling down in New Haven county to raise two kids, two dogs and a cat. I'm passionate about good food and love to bake. Some of my free time has been spent volunteering at Temple Beth Sholom, a synagogue where my family has been members for over 40 years. I also spend time at Tower One/Tower East, an assisted living center in New Haven where my mother-in-law now resides. 30 years of helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals has given me the peace of mind to know that what I do everyday matters. If you are thinking of buying or selling please keep me in mind.