The cost to buy a house varies depending on where you live, the demand for the type of house you want to buy, closing costs, and how good of a negotiator you are. One important thing to keep in mind is that the monthly payment you’ll make on your mortgage should be no more than 30 percent of your monthly income. But this only applies to you if you’re a consumer buying a house and not if you’re an investor, wholesaling real estate, or if you are paying cash for a house.
If you’re paying cash for the house then you’re paying for everything up front so there is no need to worry about affording a mortgage. Investors and wholesalers are either going to pay for cash upfront or they’ll be using a hard money loan and have already forecasted a net income on the resale and this is part of their business. They do not plan on living in the house which is why their monthly income is not important whereas you as a home buyer or resident is.
But why are we saying the monthly payments for non-professional home buyers should be no more than 30% of your income?
Simple, a bank or mortgage lender needs to [Read more…]