For most Americans, their home is their largest investment. As a result, it requires some savings to make a sizeable down payment. In addition to the down payment, there are other financial considerations, such as the cost of property taxes and maintenance/repairs. Because of all these expenses, it may take several years to have enough saved to buy your first home. Our team has offered mortgage services in Pompano Beach for years. We know how stressful it can be to save up for a new home, so in order to speed up the saving process, we’ve put together these tips you can start implementing today.
Save 20% of Your Income
If you put aside 20% of your monthly income, it can get you much closer to buying a home. This amount isn’t so high that you won’t have enough for the necessities, such as food, gas, rent, and other critical expenses. Additionally, it won’t tie up too much of your earnings in case of an emergency. By saving 20% of your monthly income, you may be able to have enough for a down payment in just a few years, depending on your earnings and the cost of the home you want to buy.
Consider a Lower Down Payment
There is a myth that homeowners need 20% for a down payment. In fact, if you have good credit and a reliable source of income, our team may be able to help you secure a loan with a down payment as low as 3%. There are important details to keep in mind when making a down payment lower than 20%. First, you may need to pay for private mortgage insurance, which may be justifiable if it gets you closer to buying a home. And of course, a lower down payment means it will take several more years to pay off your mortgage. If that sounds reasonable and you don’t have 20% to put down now, contact our mortgage services in Pompano Beach.
Save Less for Retirement
Even though it’s important to save for your future, if you want to get closer to turning your dream of buying a home into a reality, consider putting less into your IRA or 401(k). However, this is only advisable if you’re still decades away from your golden years. Keep in mind, this should be a temporary strategy, particularly for those who contribute more than what’s necessary towards retirement. Alternatives to this approach are to contact our mortgage services in Pompano Beach to secure a loan with a smaller down payment. Or you can downsize in other areas.
Cut Out Bad Habits & Unnecessary Expenses
There are many areas where we can financially downsize. For example, most of us have bad habits we can cut out. Whether it’s drinking, smoking, or excessive shopping, find the bad habit in your life that is reducing your income. Quit it, and then funnel the additional funds into your savings account.
Of course, you don’t need to have a bad habit to downsize financially. Instead, you can cut down on small, unnecessary expenses, such as:
- Buying coffee
- Eating out
- Going to clubs
- Hair appointments
- Subscription plans
You can also make sacrifices on a larger scale, if possible. For example, sell the second car you rarely use, skip a vacation, or move to a more affordable apartment building.
Ask for a Raise
If you’re cutting costs, but still find it difficult to save, maybe it’s time to ask for a raise. If you have recently completed a successful project, that’s a good time to ask or ask at your next performance review.
You can also consider getting a gig to supplement your income. If you have another talent, you can do freelance work, such as graphic design, writing, or even voiceover work. If you can’t do any of these gigs, look into a rideshare service for weekend work, or pet sitting if you’re good with animals.
Contact Ace Mortgage
There are many opportunities to get closer to buying your own home. When the time finally comes to find a loan, contact our mortgage services in Pompano Beach to secure a loan from a trusted lender.