How Much Home Can You Afford?
Among the most common questions from a home buyer is “How much home can I afford?” The answer, however, like many things, is that “it depends”. There are no concrete rules for how much home you can afford, or how big your mortgage should be. This is because the way that a mortgage lender calculates your maximum purchase price will be different from how you would calculate it yourself. Let’s look at both approaches to home affordability. Read the rest of this entry
Understanding Closing Costs
There are certain standard costs associated with closing the sale of a house. These fees are split between the buyer and seller, as spelled out in the purchase contract. The cost split on these fees is, to an extent, negotiable. As I negotiate the purchase contract on your behalf, I will strive to achieve not only the selling price that you want, but to also limit the number and amount of closing costs for which you are responsible. Read the rest of this entry