Consider Your Budget

The Perfect Payment

Your Monthly Mortgage

A monthly mortgage payment consists of the following:

  • Principal and Interest
  • Property Taxes
  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) – if applicable

Considering The Extras

It's important to make sure you'll be able to afford other expenses associated with your home. Estimate the following costs (if applicable):

  • Mortgage Insurance
  • County Taxes
  • Condo Fees
  • Homeowners Association (HOA) Dues
  • Utilities and Fees
  • Exterior and Interior Home Repairs
  • Maintenance (annual checks for water heater, heat pump, chimney, gutters, etc.)

See below for a list of potential expenses associated with owning a home.

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Down Payment Options

Depending on your credit scores, your down payment can be as low as 3% of the purchase price of the home (Example: $150,000 Purchase Price = $4,500 down payment). Acceptable sources of down payment money can come from your bank account, investment accounts, a 401K or even a gift from a family member.

See your mortgage consultant for details.

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Private Mortgage Insurance

Your lender will require you to get mortgage insurance if your down payment is less than 20% of the appraised value or sale price of your new home. A mortgage insurance policy protects your lender in the event that you default on the payments. As a borrower, you pay the premiums, and the lender is a beneficiary.

See your mortgage consultant for details.

Learn How To Reduce Your Mortgage Insurance Cost


Once you're sure you want a house, it's time to find out how much you can actually spend. The best way to do this is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. We offer fast and free pre-approvals that will help you and your REALTOR® shop for the right home to fit your needs.

How Much Can I Borrow?

Before applying for a mortgage, check out our checklist and additional resources.

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Before shopping for your first home, make sure you’re checking off these boxes to know you’re making the right decision.

Are You Ready To Buy A Home?

  • Be sure that buying a home is the right choice for you.
  • Know how much you can afford. This includes the down payment and all extra costs associated with owning a home.
  • Be pre-approved for your mortgage.
  • Be working with a real estate agent you trust.

Shopping For A Home

Communication is important when it comes to shopping for your first home. Be sure to tell your REALTOR® what you’re looking for in a house.

Important factors to consider:

  • Single-Family Home
  • Condo
  • Safety
  • Traffic
  • Schools
  • Privacy

See this additional list of what things you should consider when buying a house.

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You Found The Perfect Home. Now What?

Make sure the asking price of the house is fair/at market value. Not sure how to tell? Ask the following questions:

  • Has the house been on the market for a long time?
  • Has the listing price dropped?
  • Are prices of similar homes lower?

If the answer to any of these is yes, the asking price may be too high. At this time, revisit what you want in a home to make sure it's the best fit, and/or adjust your offer price. Consult your REALTOR® for advice.

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