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You would be wise to find a smaller loan amount. I think if you financed 200,000, that would be in your budget. That would put the payment around $1125 a month, not including taxes and insurance. But like said earlier, its best if you contact a mortgage lender directly, let them take a look at your entire situation and see what you are pre-approved for.
Do you think you can handle a monthly mortgage payment at $1125 a month?
I have now come down to reality and looking at properties (bank owned or for sale by seller) in the $350,000-420,000 range.
But, wondering if It is possible to find a LEASE/OPTION with a motivated seller? That way I can continue to make my funds grow, and build credit (I had negatives on my credit report, but have paid off all debts and do not even have a car note), so I would be debt free with the exception of the mortgage/insurance & taxes.
Or, what are the chances of finding a good property in an great neighborhood but one that needs fixing up? I am willing to renovate (slowly) if I find the right property.
Thanks again to all of you wonderful professionals~ Your input has really helped me to think about things.
BTW, I may be able to even come up with 50% down. Will that make a big difference?
Your gross monthly income, including your social security, is $4375 - (I assume these are before tax figures). Even before taking out for taxes, you say you are willing to spend over 50% of that on PITI (principal, interest, taxes and insurance)????
No way........(as Suze Orman would say in her tv show - you are denied!!)
In my opinion, those numbers are way too high. Without even knowing your credit scores, I can't imagine that you would be approved for a loan of that size - especially in this economy.
Look for a house in a lower range. Speak with a lender to fine tune the numbers. You have a great downpayment, and will make some lucky seller very happy!
If you put down 30%, your payment would be 2185.99.
My bigger concern would be your debt ratio. If you make a total of 42k a year, thats roughly 3500 a month. Even if your payment is 2185, your debt ratio is 62%. Thats not including property taxes and insurance. To be approved, you need ratios around 40%.
I highly suggest contacting a mortgage consultant to see if your qualified for a mortgage.
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Your questions depends on several issues. You have a substantial amount to put down, which is good in today's market. If your credit rating is good that will help, as well. Your first step is to get "pre-qualified". Talk with several mortgage lenders for comparisons for the best choices in rates, terms and points. That will tell you exactly what you can afford to pay and what the lender will allow you to borrow. This will determine your monthly payments, which should include principle, interest, insurance, and taxes. Beverly Weltzien, Realtor, Michael Saunders & Company, Venice FL, 941.223.0612, email@example.com
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