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Portfolio Realty is a premier real estate firm serving Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. The DC metro area real estate market demands high levels of skill, proficiency and knowledge. Whether you are eager to buy your first home, sell your nest egg, invest or relocate to the area, it is important to protect your investment by working with a local market expert.
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What Can I Afford?

What can You Afford?Alright, you’ve made the decision that you want to buy a home and now you are trying to figure out what you can afford. Before jumping into the home search, you will need to consider what you can actually pay for a mortgage.

Mortgage Payments

One of the first things you should do is talk to a Lender to determine the amount that you will be able to comfortably pay for a monthly mortgage.

When you talk to a lender, you will want to ask for a pre-approval letter that will show the home price that you should be searching around. This is a key ingredient for the home buying process. If you fall in love with a home and come to find out you cannot afford it, your moral will be crushed. By having this letter, it will prevent the heartbreak.

Other Home Buying Expenses

You may have found the home of your dreams but the mortgage payments have become a nightmare. Although the amount that you’re pre-approved for may look great, you have to take into consideration your overall financial situation. Here are some situations that may arise in the future:

  1. Kids in the next few years?
  2. Your children’s college education?
  3. Job stability

These are just some questions that may make you take a step back and look at the entire picture. Everyone’s situation is different, but you want to make sure that you’re not stretching yourself on a mortgage and thinking about the future.

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