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    Homebuying advice?

    My wife and I are hoping to buy our first home within the next 12 months. I know some things about the process, but I'm hoping my fellow fanatics could offer any advice on buying a home. For example, I've heard that you don't want your DTI to exceed 36% of your gross pay. Would you agree with this rule or should I be even more conservative then that? Thanks for any advice you can give.



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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    So you are DH? Interesting...


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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    So you are DH? Interesting...
    ¿Qué?



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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    The lower the better we are right about 25%



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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlHungus View Post
    ¿Qué?
    Talk to cowgirl. Her and her husband (DH) have apparently been looking at houses for eternities now, and she is ALWAYS talking about it.


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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    The lower the better we are right about 25%
    Is that of your gross or take home pay?



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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    You dont want your DTI above 40%. If your home is above 30% of your DTI in itself i would consider scaling back. I was conservative and still found a great place in a nice neighborhood. Your DTI wont take into consideration all the new expenses and little nickle and dime stuff that could possibly put you in a pinch or tight situations. Just stuff like roto rooter things, golden rule etc....little things you dont expect, which is why i would suggest IMO being conservative with your first home. Ive spent about 600 on little unexpected things in a year and a half....doesnt seem like much unless you just dropped 20% on your mortgage, then 10k on furniture and appliances etc....



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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    Before I bought my first house I took what I was paying in rent and added what I thought would be my total payment and did that for a year to see what it was like. So if my rent was $800 and my house payment was $1,500 (don't forget escrow) I just saved an extra $700/month to see how it would feel. I also used that extra $700/month to add to the down payment.

    Looking back we probably under bought for our income but I'm happy we did it that way. We probably could have been approved for 400k loan but bought a 120k townhouse. 5 years later we bought a house for double that. We probably could have just went straight to the 240k house but it made me feel better and created some equity.

    Also, both places were brand new so we didn't have to worry about things breaking or remodeling.



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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlHungus View Post
    ¿Qué?

    he's asking if you are my dear husband :) About 35% of my posts over the past 6 months have been related to home buying.

    Here are a couple threads I had that talked about the process. From what I've seen, CF is more conservative than the 36%, and I probably would be as well. What helped me narrow down a specific price range was to put my expenses into an Excel sheet. Food, gym, vacations, car, insurance, savings, increase in maintenance costs, increase in utilities, literally everything you can think of. Then I looked at how much was left and decided how much we'd be comfortable spending of that considering future costs like daycare. We have no debt, so a 30% ratio (net income) is where we have our limit at. I've heard both no more than 25% of gross and 25% of net - very different numbers! Another good one was that food+living+transportation should not be more than 50% of your net.

    http://cyclonefanatic.com/forum/show...243&highlight=

    http://cyclonefanatic.com/forum/show...044&highlight=

    that one has some "how did you know it was the one" comments buried in there


    I think tomorrow I'll ask about building a home, haha.


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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    and no, we haven't bought yet. Though we may be buying a lot by Monday!


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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    Buy something you can afford on one income, and don't pay PMI.


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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    and no, we haven't bought yet. Though we may be buying a lot by Monday!
    I don't believe you.



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    I don't believe you.

    I said may.


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    Re: Homebuying advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    I said may.

    It'll probably BE May before you ever get something figured out.



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    I said may.
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