Use our Home Affordability Calculator to determine how much house you can afford. By entering details about your income, down payment, and monthly debts, you can estimate the mortgage amount that works with your budget.
So, you want to buy a home … but you’re not sure how much house you can afford. Maybe you’re not sure if you can afford to buy one at all.
Well, we’ve got finding a realistic price tag down to just a few steps, and you don’t even have to do any math. If you already know your basic budget numbers, it might take you as little as 30 seconds.
Use our Affordability Calculator to determine how much house you can afford. By entering details about your income, down payment, and monthly debts, you can estimate the mortgage amount that works with your budget.
Find your basic dollar figures and note them. You’ll be plugging them into the calculator in a few minutes. Before you buy a home, it’s critical that you put together a sound budget. If you haven’t already done that, download our monthly budget worksheet to get started. But for this exercise, you need just four numbers:
$ Monthly housing expense
What are you paying right now in rent? Would you be comfortable paying more? Comfortable is the key word. Remember that as a homeowner, you’ll need to continually save for ongoing maintenance and repairs, and chances are, you’ll still want to go out for sushi burritos once in a while.
$ Gross annual income
Include only what the earners in your household can really count on, before taxes.
$ Monthly debt payments
Add it all up. You’re paying more than the minimum on any credit card debt, right? (We’ll show you the math on that some other time.)
$ Down payment
How much have you saved for a down payment? Twenty percent is great, because you won’t have to add mortgage insurance to your monthly expenses. Yet 20 percent is definitely not the norm.
Because you don’t know what you don’t know, and when our Home Buyer Experts work with you, you’ll make decisions with confidence every step of the way.
Remember, almost every homeowner was in that place at some point. Your next step is to make a plan for shifting the balance in your favor.