The Importance of Financial Health When Purchasing a New House
When you are looking to buy a new home, it’s important to have your money matters in a healthy position. It’s not enough to just afford the down payment and the monthly mortgage payments. The best way to go into homeowning is to be feeling stable and secure in your financial situation. That doesn’t mean that you need to be wealthy. It doesn’t even mean that you need to have a high credit score.
It simply means that you need to feel good about your money. In 2019, private-equity firms held $3.9 trillion in assets, for capital funding used by private sector businesses or investors. Every business and investor that reached this point in their financial health began with a mindset that one day they wanted to feel good about their money. It’s that mindset that is financial health, not the trillion-dollar definition. Here’s why that mindset is so important when you are buying a new home.
Why is Financial Health Important?
Financial health is more important than financial wealth because it has longevity. When you are buying a new home, you are entering into a commitment that will last decades. It’s normal to be a little stressed the entire time you have that commitment.
However, if you are able to make that commitment, you already do have some financial health going. The healthier you are going into the commitment, the better that commitment will be. Financial health is important because it will make homeowning easier. It’s not as hard to get financially healthy as it feels.
Take Care of Your Credit Score
A mortgage is a secured loan and so you don’t need to have immaculate credit to get one. Your FICO score is the score you need to work on when it comes to a mortgage, and it tells your lenders what your payment history is with your debts.
The biggest factor in your FICO score is the ability to make your payments on time, even if you have high balances on credit cards and loans. If you can only make your payments on time, and can’t bring down your balances too much, keep making those minimum payments. Monthly on-time payments will help you to bring your credit score up.
A good benchmark as far as credit scores are concerned is a FICO score of 640, but some lenders will offer mortgages to people with lower credit scores. A bank that can do that will help you to get the mortgage, but doing what you can to bring that score up beforehand will make your life easier.
Work on this financial health now, because you might get caught up in a problem such as wage garnishment. This occurs when a debtor can seize as much as 25% of your income to pay off those balances. You don’t want that to happen when you have a mortgage.
Once you have your credit score, and you have a plan on how to keep improving that, you can start to think about a budget for your new home.
Create Your Budget
The best way to find out your budget for a new home is to talk to a bank. You may even get a pre-approval. This is the point where it starts to feel like you are financially healthy. You can start to look for your new home now.
Use your budget, and your imagination, to begin the process of looking for a home. You may even want a new home build. There are some architectural rendering software programs that will allow you to bring your architectural designs to life. You may also want to buy something that is 100 years old. When you feel financially healthy, you have options now.