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Buying a home is a major milestone.
Your home is where you spend a great deal of your time. Your neighborhood becomes your community. Furthermore, your space can often have a significant impact on a number of different areas of your life. It may affect your mood, your productivity, and your lifestyle.
But, perhaps most importantly, buying a home will have a significant impact on your personal finances for years to come. In order to avoid taking on a risky mortgage, it’s important to do your due diligence before signing off on a home purchase that will cause unnecessary financial stress.
Because the truth is, no matter how beautiful your home is, if you’re struggling to afford it, it will be difficult to appreciate it. So, here are a few things to consider if you’re trying to assess mortgage affordability.
Assemble Key Information
A great deal of the information available on the internet is generalized. This means the advice that you find in an article may or may not be the right advice for your individual situation. This is why it’s important to dive deep into the key factors that will impact your decision.
For example, what are property taxes like in your state? What are your major expenses? Will you need to renovate the home you are looking to purchase? What interest rate did you qualify for on your mortgage?
It is best to assemble this key information as early on in the home buying process as possible. It will help give you a good idea of which homes you can comfortably afford and which are currently out of your budget.
Determine Your Mortgage Score™
So you’ve assembled a pile of relevant information but, how do you make sense of it all?
This is where Home Lending Pal comes in.We know that it can be very difficult to compile information on: income, property taxes, down payments, savings, and maintenance costs; in order to conclude whether you are taking on a risky mortgage. While this task may be difficult for a human, it is well-suited for artificial intelligence.
Home Lending Pal’s AI-powered mortgage advisor, Kev, can compile your relevant and individual financial information to generate what we call a Mortgage Score. Your score shows your anticipated approval odds for homes that you add to our system. It also tells you exactly how much budget strain a home is likely to put on your personal finances. In other words, it tells you exactly what you need to know and nothing that you don’t.
Additionally, the system’s AI capabilities allow it to consider information in real-time. If the cost of a home ever becomes too high, or alternatively, if a home that was previously out of your budget becomes more affordable, you will be alerted immediately. This way you won’t end up purchasing a home that will put too much financial strain on your budget. Also, you may have an opportunity to act quickly if a home which was previously too expensive becomes more attainable.
Avoid Being Pressured Into A Decision
Another hassle many homebuyers encounter is the pressure to buy. Whether it comes from a real estate agent or a mortgage lender, many homebuyers enter into risky mortgages because they feel pressured. This is another key benefit of working with an AI-powered mortgage advisor. This tool has no vested interest in your purchase. As such, it can provide unbiased information and advice.
Also using an algorithm means you won’t have to face the pressure or anxiety of having a face-to-face conversation with a mortgage lender.
Whether you are dealing with a regular mortgage lender or an AI-powered mortgage, you should never feel the pressure to make an uncomfortable financial decision. If you’re feeling pressure from your lender, consider working with someone else, or, bring a trusted friend or family member along to provide support.
Nothing is worth compromising your financial security.
Not even the beautiful home or condominium of your dreams. The financial stress of carrying a mortgage that is too expensive for your current financial status will almost certainly eclipse whatever joy you get from your new home. If you’re taking on a mortgage do your due diligence and make sure you have factored in all of the relevant costs and considerations.
If you’re having trouble making sense of all of the information you’ve compiled, reach out to our team at Home Lending Pal to find out how we can help you determine your mortgage affordability.