It is the dream of most Americans to own their own home.  There is something special about buying a home especially your first.  With the purchase of a home comes endless possibility.  The space is yours and therefore can be manipulated in any manner you desire.  Your desires can be fulfilled through home improvements, renovations and landscape design.  The one thing that occurred within the past few years is that the ability to purchase a home has become harder.  There are more stringent restrictions on being approved for a mortgage.  This is largely due to the crisis that was created with the housing bubble a decade ago.  Home prices were largely inflated, home loans were given out without a lot of discretion and people were buying homes that were not necessarily qualified.

In order to be sure you are ready for the financial commitment of owning a home and taking on a mortgage it is important to consider a few things.  Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you are really ready to own a home.

The first question to ask yourself is why it is you would like to purchase a home.  This question will also help to determine the type of mortgage you will qualify for as well.  What is your plan for the house?  Is the purpose of purchasing the home so that you can rent it out and use the income to subsidize your income?  Are you looking for a long term investment?  Are you looking for a home that you can move into, live comfortably and do home improvements to increase the homes equity and then sell the home for profit? Are you looking for a home to settle down in for an extended period of time?  These questions will help to determine if you should apply for a fixed rate, ARM, FHA or another type of mortgage. If you have been in the military you may qualify for a VA loan.

Next it is wise to understand exactly what you can afford.  Many people found that the home loan they were preapproved for above the amount in which they could actually afford on a monthly basis.  This is part of the reason we ended up in a housing crisis.  Many people could not continue to make the large mortgage payments they were approved for and therefore ended up in foreclosure.  Take into account your income to debt ratio along with a safety net that you would like to have for savings each month.  This will help ensure that you purchase a home in which the monthly payment is affordable and within where you feel comfortable not where the banks feel comfortable at.  Be sure to account for hidden costs as well as utilities, taxes and insurance.

The point at which you are in your life as well as your five year plan should be considered as well.  Both can affect the type of mortgage you should look into getting if you decide to buy a home.  Perform a cost analysis to determine if buying or renting is a better option for you.  Buying is always better if you the growth in equity and expenses of owning outweigh the expenses that come with renting.

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