Owning a home is quite certainly on most people’s minds. But given the current situation of the growing real estate prices in the GTA, this may seem like a pipe dream to many. Purchasing a house for the first time, finding a bigger property, or even simply moving to a more desirable location could be out of reach financially.
Budgeting a large amount for something as significant as a home can be daunting, but here are some tips to help you save up.
Determine how much money you need
Take into account what you can afford to spend on mortgage payments, including potential maintenance fees and various other expenses. If you currently own a property that you will sell before moving, there will be equity from which to take. However, you also need to figure out where to live and the size of the home you need. Where you choose to lay your hat will be a major factor in the cost of your new house and what you need to budget.
Set aside some monthly funds
Tuck away a portion of every pay cheque you receive into a savings account from which you purposefully do not withdraw. Your income (as well as your spouse’s or significant other’s income if the home will be a co-purchase) also plays a significant role in the size of the mortgage you will be able to obtain.
Adjust your lifestyle
Cut back on unnecessary purchases and make some frugal adjustments to your lifestyle, if needed, such as packing lunches and dining at home, and skipping outside entertainment activities for now. This will help you sustain more of the money you earn each month to put towards a new home.
Mortgages are obviously in place because only the illusive one percent can possibly afford buying a home outright. That means the rest of people need to save up for at least the down payment, with enough left over and a steady stream of income to manage monthly payments and other regular bills, such as hydro and utilities. Simply set realistic goals and give yourself some time to make it happen.