Going from renting to owning a home can be a significant financial and personal milestone, but it requires careful planning and preparation. Here are some steps to take to make the transition from renting to owning:
Determine your budget: Calculate your current expenses and income to determine how much you can afford to spend on a home. Consider factors such as down payment, closing costs, monthly mortgage payments, property taxes, and homeowner’s insurance.
Save for a down payment: A down payment is typically required when purchasing a home, and the larger the down payment, the lower your monthly mortgage payments will be. Aim to save at least 20% of the home’s purchase price to avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI).