Mortgage Basics: How much house can you afford?

How much house can you afford? There are many things that factor into how much money you may be able to borrow, like your income, credit, size of down payment, as well as employment and residence history But knowing how much property you can afford often depends on more than just the amount you may be able to borrow

It's also helpful to consider three areas of cost when you are deciding if a house is right for you First, upfront costs, these costs show up before you start making mortgage payments and can include an earnest money check, which is a deposit that is paid upon making the initial offer Another cost is the down payment, which is made at the time of closing Paying a higher down payment may help in the long run by decreasing your monthly mortgage payment amount and potentially your interest rate Second, closing costs, these typically range from 2% to 4% of your total loan amount and could, if required, include a combination of mortgage application fees if applicable, inspections and survey fees, title insurance, recording fees, and a possible escrow deposit

But don't be intimidated by the list of closing costs They're estimated by your mortgage lender up front And you may be able to negotiate to have some of these costs paid for by the seller Third, there's the ongoing costs of owning a home This not only includes your monthly mortgage payment

It also includes ongoing ownership expenses, things like mortgage insurance, homeowners insurance, property taxes, monthly utilities, or home repairs So it's important to consider all potential future expenses up front when buying a home By considering these three areas of costs and working with a mortgage loan officer, you can better determine how much house you may be able to afford To start thinking through your options, US Bank's home affordability calculator can help make the path to home-ownership easier to manage, giving you peace of mind [MUSIC PLAYING]

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