The first step to finding the right home for your needs is to work out how much money you can afford to spend on the property. Although you want to get a good property, you also want it to be affordable, and knowing what you can spend will help you to find the right home at the right price. If you are unsure about how much you can afford to spend on your mortgage loan, then here is some advice to help you work it out.
How much do you earn?
Your mortgage loan will be secured against your new property, but to work out how much you can borrow the lender will look at your earnings. They do not just want to know how much money you have now, but what you are likely to earn over the next 20 or 30 years. Mortgage loans last a long time, and so the lender has to see that you will be able to pay off the loan both now and in ten years’ time. The more you earn and the more stable your job, the better the chances of you getting a larger mortgage.
Another important factor that determines how much you can afford is your credit history. The lender will do a credit check to make sure that you are a responsible borrower, and that you don’t...