Buying a home today

If you are considering purchasing a home, a number of experts are of the opinion that you should just get on with it.  Interest rates are at their lowest level for 65 years and national home prices have bottomed out and are now on the rise again.

In spite of what you might have heard, people who have good credit histories, sufficient savings and a stable income are still able to get loans; however you should never jump in completely unprepared and there are a number of strategies that can assist you through the process of making a move to buy a new home.

Being able to your budget is extremely important.  Working out precisely what you can afford when you move can be dependent on a number of different factors, including your credit history, the amount of your down payment, your annual gross income and your current mortgage rates.  In today’s market it is to be expected that a down payment for a conventional mortgage is likely to be somewhere between 5% and 20% of the full purchase price.  Lenders advise that your mortgage payment should be below 28% of your normal monthly gross income.

It is important to fully understand the mortgage process.  Mortgages are serious long-term financial commitments and choosing the right mortgage can make a sizable difference to the overall cost of your loan, as well as to your monthly payments.  To work out the best term for your situation, talk to your finance professional.