I often have clients come to me wanting more information on what it takes to buy a home. One of the first questions I normally ask is “do you have money saved up for a down payment?” Often the answer is no, or the client may have a very minimal savings in their account. There is nothing wrong with having a low balance on your bank accounts as most of us have probably been there at some point in life, but buying a home normally takes a down payment. Yes there are ways to buy a home that is 100% financed, but more often you will need a down payment! The more you can save for a down payment, the stronger you will be as a buyer in this market. If you are serious about becoming a home owner, you will find a way to buckle down and save some money. Yeah it can be tough, but I’ve seen determined and focused clients save $7000 – 8000 in as little as three months! Check out the article from our friends at consumer credit union on 5 ways you can save for a home down payment. When you have that down payment saved, give me a call and lets talk about what kind of home you would like to purchase! Chris Simpson 231-215-7229 – Nexes Realty Inc, 880 W Broadway Ave., Muskegon Mi 49441.
5 questions to help you identify ways to save money for a down payment on a home.
You’ve probably heard that a 20% down payment on a house is a smart money move, but do you know why? A primary reason people put 20% down is because it puts the loan-to-value ratio at 80% and eliminates the need for private mortgage insurance (PMI), which runs between 0.5% and 5% of the mortgage value. Even on the low-end of that range, a $200,000 mortgage with PMI would cost a homebuyer an additional $1,000 a year. Clearly, a 20% down payment has financial benefits. If you’re wondering how to go about setting aside enough to cover 20% of a home purchase, the following questions can help you identify where to save money.
What can I downsize?
One way to build up your down payment savings is to examine how you might cut some of your biggest expenses: housing and transportation. Would it be possible to reduce your living expenses by moving to a less expensive place? What about driving a less expensive vehicle?
Are there opportunities to share expenses?
If it’s compatible with your lifestyle, is it possible to reduce current living expenses by getting a roommate? Could you rent out a room on Airbnb? Could you save money by buying in bulk at a warehouse? Would a family phone plan result in monthly savings? Actively search for opportunities to cut expenses.
What side gigs are available to me?
Getting an additional part-time job, doing freelance work or working gigs such as pet sitting can all infuse your down payment fund. Yes, taking on extra work requires giving up some free time, but it can help you meet your savings goal faster.
Where can I cut expenses?
Look at your spending habits. Is there room to cut back on things like eating out, clothes and vacations? It’s not necessary to eliminate these types of spending, but you may find you can cut back on them and and still enjoy your quality of life.
Is it time to find a new job?
If your compensation doesn’t match the value you bring to your job, it may be time to find another one. Before you jump ship, use job posting and salary compensation websites, such as Glassdoor, to see what the market rate is for your work. If you’re underpaid, share your research with your employer and ask for a raise. If they’re not willing to pay market rate, consider looking for a new job with higher pay.
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