Depending on whom you ask, you could get some surprisingly different answers.
"Can you afford" is as unique as you are and is based on many factorsâ€”your debt,credit score, income, savings, and most importantly, the house-buying plan you have in place.
Before you consider buying a home, you should be debt-free and have three to six months of expenses saved in addition to your down payment. Being debt-free with money in the bank will keep you from losing your home in the event of a job loss or illness.
Also, if you're married, you should be married for at least a year before you buy a home. Don't add the stress of a home purchase to a brand new marriage, and never buy real estate with anyone you're not married to...
Your are welcomed to check with our loan partner at http://www.kwhawaii.com/finance for a no obligation check to see if you can afford to buy and KEEP your home,
To qualify for a loan, there are at least four things a lender will look at:
Your debt to income ratio (how much do you spend per month already)
Your credit score and history
The characteristics of the property you want to buy and whether it would be your primary residence or an investment property.
Please, contact me and I'll send you the contact information of local lenders who can help you figure this out.
Once you know how much you can afford, start looking for a home on Maui at
where you can search by MLS number, location, price, and much more.
Vivian Franco, M.S.
WIndermere Valley Isle Properties
The Shops at Wailea
Phone: (808) 214-3818
Generally lenders look for your total debts to be around 45% or less of your gross monthly income. That means your entire mortgage payment (principal, interest, taxes, insurance) plus your other monthly debts (car payment, credit cards, student loans, etc) should not exceed $1875 per month.
Of course, "affording" to buy a home depends on your personal mindset as well. The payment on this home with everything included will likely be over $1000/month. Only you know if you can fit that into your personal budget. I'm a big believer in the saying,"just because you can doesn't mean you should". Once you figure out if you qualify, you should reflect on things to make sure you are comfortable with the payment.
I'd be glad to walk you through the pre-qualification process if you want to shoot me an email. Also on a side note, I'm going to be visiting Maui for the first time in a couple weeks with my girlfriend. If you have any tips on must see attractions or places to dine I would greatly appreciate the inside scoop.
As a general guideline, your monthly mortgage payment, including principal, interest, real estate taxes and homeowners insurance, should not exceed 33 percent of your gross monthly income.
Formula: Monthly Salary x 0.33
$4,167 x 0.33 = $1,375
Banks will also look at what you are paying on all of your debt including housing expenses, car loans, child support and alimony, credit card bills, student loans and homeowner association fees. Your total monthly debt obligation should not exceed 40 percent of your gross income.
Formula: Monthly Salary x 0.40 = $1,667
The real question is whether you want to lock $192,000 into a house.
Great question. Yes, if you have 60% cash to put down for the purchase of a property priced at $320,000 ($192,000 down) your monthly mortgage at a conservative 4.5% interest rate is only $650. With an annual income of $50,000 you can afford that easily and will have no problem qualifying for a loan.
Do you have a specific property already picked out?
I would be more than happy to help you make this a reality. Email me back at email@example.com and we can go from there.
Alan K. Walls, Realtor (S)
Your Maui Real Estate Coach
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I would love to be your Buyer's agent.
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