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How To Best Use Your House Buying Budget

House Buying Budget

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Setting a House Buying Budget should be a priority.


Sticking to your house buying project is essential.

If you want to buy a house in the near future, the first thing you’re likely to decide is how much you’re willing to pay. And that’s great!

You need to get a strong idea of your budget before you do anything else.


However, once you start viewing potential homes and hear about seller expectations, you might think that budget won’t cover anything. It’s a common anxiety in the house buying world, and it’s one you can beat by using the tips down below. 


Look into Government Assistance 


There’s certain government programs you can look into that can help you buy a home. This means your budget might go a little further because you have less costs, or you might get your budget maxed out because you qualify on certain degrees. For example, if this is your first time buying, you could secure a low down payment mortgage. This keeps more money in the pot for later, which can help pay off property taxes and allow you to renovate ahead of schedule. 


Buy a House That Needs Work


You’ve heard of fixer uppers before now, so why not invest in one to really make your money go far? As long as the property itself is livable, you can renovate and redecorate to your heart’s content and on your own schedule. 


Lower upfront costs are a very good thing, even if you’ve got extended costs long term. Most people even like to put all that work in, as it ensures the home is uniquely theirs! And if you fancy yourself a DIY master, this is where you can put your skills to the test. 


Extend Your Search


Going a little outside of your desired movement area isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It might not sound all that attractive, as you could be moving away from the city or away from friends and family members. But there’s always a chance you’ll find a home that fits your budget needs further afield. You don’t have to move there, but you can have a look to see what’s out there, and whether it’s better for you than what you’re currently looking at. 


Think About Building it Yourself


If you have a budget strong enough to buy a house in the current market, you also have a budget that could stretch to custom homes as well. You could even get the latter done for a lower price than you’d expect! If you can’t find any property that you like, think about building the place yourself. If you’ve got time to get it done, and you don’t mind some mess, this option could be the best use of your budget. 


Looking for a home? If you want to buy a house, plan your budget wisely! The more you prepare for high costs, the longer your money will last.

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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28 thoughts on “How To Best Use Your House Buying Budget”

  1. Excellent timing. We’ve almost finished a reno project and are thinking about buying again. With the markets the way they are, do you think it’s a good time to buy?

    1. I think it’s very dependent on where you are looking and what your actual financial situation is. With the mortgage rate changing it can really have an impact. Most importantly, to not buy something that you can’t afford is important to your mental health.

  2. This is definitely something to keep in mind. We decided to buy a house that we would fix on our own, and it has become a money pit and still needs a lot of time for finishing projects. All things to consider!

  3. Ooohhhh…I love the idea of having a house that I’ve built for me and my loved ones. Houses for purchase already come pre-installed with all these designs and fittings that I may not want.

  4. it’s such a hard time to be house buying with the economy and the high interest rates. we built a house this year and the material costs were astronomical. we’re way over budget.

  5. All are fantastic tips! I completely agree with it is so important to stick to budget and that assistance programs can be a huge boost.

  6. We bought our house three years ago, and our property taxes went up so high now. I think we needed to do better research before buying.

  7. I’m planning on buying a house in the spring! This has been a super helpful guide, and there are so many things I’ll be keeping in mind when the time comes — which is sooner than it feels! Thanks so much for sharing all of this.

  8. it really depends on your working mode. You have to set your budget if you are an employee, however if you are an entrepreneur, you just could work more

  9. These are really great tips. We’ve purchased and sold a few homes in the last few years. To find the right home we had to expand our search and think outside the box (amd area we originally wanted).

  10. Interest on my students loans has raised what I owe up to so much (my monthly payment is less than the interest amount so it always rises). I’m not one who thought we should get forgiveness for no reason (I took the loans, I suffer the consequences) but it does mean I can’t buy a house. The debt-to-income ratio is too high, even with a perfect payment record. And that’s that. Posting here, so those who haven’t taken out student loans consider grants and scholarships as a first option to seek. Things are affected with loans, including being able to buy a home.

  11. Some great advice here for first-time or repeat home buyers. There is so much to think about – and I would love the option of having a home built to my specs.

  12. I’m a big, big fan of fixer-uppers if you have the skill to do some minor, or even not so minor work. You can save so much money with a little sweat equity.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.