5 Financial Considerations to Make Before Buying a New Home

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When buying a new home, the budget becomes our most important aspect as everything depends on how and what amount of money you are spending. Buying a home may prove to be a great investment for long term if planned smartly. Hence, depending on your current income, monthly expenditures and other overhead costs, the debt- income ratio can be calculated and give you a clearer idea as to how much capital we have in hand.

  1. Buying a home doesn’t happen overnight. One must start saving early to reap the benefits as the early birds are always the winners of the lot. Draw up a budget but do not be of the opinion that costs will not cross the estimated budget plans. Planning for the unknown and hidden costs will relieve from sudden setbacks and help you be ready for any unforeseen circumstance. You must be prepared to deal with any closing costs, unexpected charges or fees and the like. Also ensure that you research a bit and read about insurance policies and good home loans that may come to your rescue in case you are unable to finance the expenses individually.
  2. Inspecting the home you wish to buy is an absolute must else may force to spend money in places unnecessary. The location, distance from market, amenities and benefits that residents enjoy should all be scrutinised in depth. Otherwise, initially everything seems to be fine but things worsen once you start living there. You may have saved a major chunk of money when you just purchased but may fall prey to buried and unjustified expenditure due to lack of time and intelligence investment.
  3. Plan your tax payments accordingly so that you don’t fall prey to future consequences of issues. Moreover, it is now or never. The sooner you plan the more relieved you are when it comes to the final day of purchase. As you track your income and expenditure in the current time, make sure you do the same for future so that by the time you reach your retirement you are well- settled and prepared for the good times in life. Whatever little money is left after paying for the taxes, use it to design the emergency bank for money is never enough for anybody.
  4. Whether you really wish to buy a home viz, a flat or bungalow or pent house, etc. is something you must think about before taking the plunge. Different people have different needs, wants, tastes and preferences and thus their choice of homes also vary. Sometimes to rent a home may be the smarter and rational way out. If you have a family that you feel shall grow in the near future then you must select a home accordingly that can accommodate larger number of family members. Buying a small house today to save money but facing innumerable issues later would not be a sensible decision in the very first place.
  5. You must always ensure to do some research on which mortgage suits your needs and situation the best. There are several options to pick from in the market. It is up to you to choose the most apt one. You must note that the shorter your term of mortgage is, the higher you need to pay as form of the monthly installment. Also, you’ll have to pay less amount as interest. Lastly, it’ll also imply that you get to be the owner of your dream house sooner.

Anum

Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.

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