Like many things in life, planning ahead is the key to success. So you should know the price range you can afford before you start shopping for a Home. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Down Payment- this is usually the percentage of the total cost of a Home that you'll need to pay. The more money you put down, the more money you'll save on mortgage payments and, in the long run, interest paid.
Knowing what you can afford- how much house you can afford comes down to 3 factors: your monthly mortgage payment, your down payment, and the amortization period or length of time it will take to pay off the loan.
Getting pre-approved- this will really help you figure out what you can spend on a Home because you'll know before you start shopping. And you'll be protected against rising interest rates as well.
Once you have your Financing sorted out, it's time to move onto Step 4!