Having doubts about buying a house is not a negative thing. It's actually the responsible thing to do when thinking about making a major purchase. Some people who scrutinize their situations more closely realize that purchasing a house now would not be the best idea. Some people on the other hand get confirmation that buying a house now would make perfect financial sense. If you're wondering where you stand here are a few things that you may want to look into:
Laying the numbers down.
How much debts do you owe monthly? It's important to calculate your debt to income ratio before deciding to pursue buying a house. To do this, list down all debts that you pay off each month. Include your monthly minimum credit card payments, subscription fees, child support obligations, etcetera. The more honest you are about this, the clearer idea you'll get about your financial standing. Next, calculate your monthly income, including those from secondary income sources such as a second job or consultancy fees. Take your total mothly debts and divide it by total monthly income and you'll get your debt to income ratio. Aside from the fact that lenders will look at this as a very important number, you'll also get a feel of your own financial standing.
It would also be useful to figure out how much your net worth is by adding up all your assets and then subtracting all your liabilities from it. It's also part of what lenders will look at when reviewing your mortgage application.
Ask yourself some difficult questions.
Let's say for example that you are looking into investing on Leland real estate. At the moment, you feel you earn enough to begin looking at Leland homes for sale. However, before you do that, it's important that you ask yourself a few questions first, just to be sure.
First, ask whether your source/s of income is/are stable enough to carry you through tough times. Have you just been promoted recently? Are you dealing with a personal situation that makes your livelihood a bit unreliable? Try to think long term, while of course taking into consideration the fact that buying a home is already, by itself, a big risk to take.
Second, have you saved up enough to cover the out of pocket cost other than the downpayment? Does your savings also include a buffer fund that would take care of unforseen emergencies during and after buying a house? Do you have enough to cover the closing costs as well?
Third, do you understand what owning and maintaining a house entails? From paying insurance costs to paying for repairs and maintenance, it's no doubt that buying a house is a huge responsibility. It's vastly different from renting.
Honestly answering these questions would give you a clear picture of whether you are ready to buy a home or not. At times the question is a matter of financial preparedness, at other times, it's also a matter of being emotionally prepared for the prospect of having such a big responsibility to go with the pleasure of being a home owner. If you feel the answer leads you to the fact that you're ready to buy a house, congratulations! If the answers tell you otherwise, don't lose heart. There's always a good time for everything.