How To Buy A Home

A Home Buying Experience

People often ask how to buy a home in the United States. The simple answer: you need cash. Cash is legal tender and if you do not have that you need less cash and some form of credit. Your credit can be good or bad and in the same way your loan will be cheap or expensive, that is one downside to being a borrower. Historically you want to put 20% down but today some loans will go down to 15% or even 10% without having to pay principal mortgage insurance. When its ok to use PMI gets complicated and we will go cover that later.To get started you should first look at your options. Below is a video on Purchasing vs. Renting.

A Millennial Basic Finance Rules of Buying A Home

When buying your first home unless your paying all cash with bitcoin gains and twitch donations you will be working with debt. Pay bad debt off first and in most cases start with the highest interest rate. Often that will be credit cards. So pay the Credit Card off and try and pay every month on time. Then the banks will want to see taxable income that they can base 43% of the loan from. In the CFPB own words "For example, if you pay $1500 a month for your mortgage and another $100 a month for an auto loan and $400 a month for the rest of your debts, your monthly debt payments are $2000. ($1500 + $100 + $400 = $2,000.) If your gross monthly income is $6000, then your debt-to-income ratio is 33 percent." Your debt-to-income ratio is all your monthly debt payments divided by your gross monthly income. This number is one way lenders measure your ability to manage the payments you make every month to repay the money you have borrowed.

First Time Home Buyers Beware

Unexpected costs is a variable that can fluctuate with things like taxes, local municipalities, Home Owners Associations. So you want to factor in what you can and add 20% as an unknown. Watch out for tricky mortgage products like adjustable rates or ARM. There is nothing wrong with a 15 year fixed rate mortgage but as a precaution you can select a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. Your rate may be slightly higher than a 15 year but monthly mortgage payments will be half as much and you can always double your payments. There are certain situations where other mortgage products make sense but this is just a conventional method of acquiring real estate for the long haul.

Consult multiple sources or seek professional opinion, our site is not financial advice it is only the editors opinion.

Rising Mortgage Rates

The Federal Reserve has communicated that "rates are neutral" and the size of the balance sheet is too accommodative and requires a reduction. They want to reduce the Mortgage backed Security portion and only hold the "traditional" Treasuries. Economist suggest that this will cause a rise in mortgage rates.