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afford a houseMany Americans are starting to feel as if they will never be able to afford a house, especially in areas like San Francisco, New York, and even Miami.

While many people choose to rent instead, you can still afford a house when you're broke. Here are a few steps to take if you want to own your own home.

Weigh Your Options

If you live in an area that buying a house is cheaper than renting (even factoring in insurance and repairs), it may be your best option to buy a home instead of rent. When trying to afford a house when you're broke, you may think that moving is expensive, but it doesn't have to be.

Some expenses may come up in your first few months of owning a home, but that is to be expected. Think about it this way: If you typically rent for $1,500 a month and you buy a home that only costs $800 a month, you are already saving $700 every single month. If something breaks down, and it costs $500 to fix, you still get ahead by $200 by having your own home.

Now, owning a home isn't always cheaper, so it's best to weigh your options. However, in many areas, including my own, owning a home tends to fare better than renting.

Look Into Assistance to Afford a House

Every state has home buying programs that can help you afford a house when you're broke. While the assistance varies from state to state, it's still worth it to look into what yours offers. Some will help you secure a loan as a first-time home buyer, even if you are low-income.

Some states even offer grants to move into less desirable areas or moving into more deserted places. It's best to look into these programs to see what you qualify for, you may be able to get your home for a lot cheaper than you first thought. ...continue reading

house-435618_1280Home-ownership has a lot of perks, including the possibility of being a good investment, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best decision for everyone. Sometimes renting instead of buying a house is the best decision for personal or even financial reasons.

But, if you think you are ready to buy a house, don’t forget about these important considerations first.

Saving Up a Down Payment

Sure, you can sometimes get a 100% loan for the purchase of a house but the market has moved away from these in past years since the housing market crashed, and the first homes to be foreclosed were the ones financed at 100%. Usually a down payment is about 20% of the homes’ value and you finance the remaining 80% with a mortgage loan.

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This guest post is written by Jennifer Riner of Zillow.

transition from renting to buyingMost first-time homebuyers often debate whether they are ready to invest in their first properties and transition from renting to buying. Hesitation on such large purchases is inherent.

However, rent prices are more expensive than ever, prompting many lessees to dip into their savings and apply for mortgages without second thought. After all, owning an affordable home is a long-term investment that hopefully presents returns at resale, whereas renting only helps the landlord build equity.

The American dream of buying a home and make the transition from renting to buying starts with sensible financials, but homeownership isn’t for everyone. Ask the following questions before breaking a lease and moving money around to support a down payment.

Is a mortgage affordable?

Generally, putting down at least 20 percent of a home’s purchase price with a loan covering no more than 80 percent is recommended when making the transition from renting to buying. Loans of more than 80 percent of the home price often require homeowners to pay additional insurance to protect their lenders’ investments, called private mortgage insurance.

Credit scores significantly impact interest rates offered to borrowers, even when buyers provide heftier down payments. Typically, credit scores under 680 are red flags to bankers. They might agree to financing, but usually with increased interest rates or less favorable terms. ...continue reading