How Much Should You Pay for a House?

by Kathryn Williams 11/17/2019

Ultimately, there is no surefire amount that you should spend on a house. The real estate market varies in cities and towns nationwide, and as such, the prices of houses fall across a broad range. Also, the condition and age of a house – as well as a homebuyer's budget – may dictate how much an individual is willing to spend on a particular residence.

As you search for your dream house, it helps to plan ahead as much as you can. Because if you have a homebuying strategy in place, you can determine exactly how much you can spend to acquire your ideal residence.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get your finances in order before you kick off a house search.

1. Check Your Credit Score

Believe it or not, your credit score may have far-flung effects on your homebuying budget. And if you fail to review your credit score before you embark on a house search, you may miss out on an opportunity to purchase your dream house.

A low credit score may make it tough to get the mortgage you need to acquire your ideal residence. Thus, you may want to check your credit score and find ways to improve it before you begin a house search.

You won't have to break your budget to get a copy of your credit report from the three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). In fact, you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report annually from each of the aforementioned credit bureaus. Request a copy of your credit report, and you can learn your credit score.

Of course, if your credit score is low, you can always improve it by paying off outstanding debt. Or, if you find errors on your credit report, contact the credit bureau that provided the report so that you can get these issues corrected.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Pre-approval for a mortgage makes it easy to enter the housing market with a budget at your disposal. If you meet with a variety of banks and credit unions, you can get pre-approved for a mortgage sooner rather than later.

Remember, banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists. Don't hesitate to ask these specialists about assorted mortgage options, and you can select a mortgage that perfectly matches your finances.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent can make it simple to pursue your dream house. This housing market professional will help you narrow the price range for your dream house and ensure you can discover the perfect house without delay. Perhaps most important, a real estate agent is happy to negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf, ensuring you can get the best price on any home.

Ready to start a home search? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can simultaneously look for your dream house and avoid the risk of paying too much to purchase your dream residence.

About the Author
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Kathryn Williams

As a respected and accomplished Realtor, Katy offers her clients an outstanding level of service. With three generations of her family living in Fairfield County, Katy has an exceptional knowledge of the surrounding communities and her years of experience allow her to excel at every level of the transaction. Prior to earning her Real Estate license, Katy graduated from Wilton High School, earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science from the Bank Street School of Education. Katy received her Real Estate license in 2009 and chose to work in a local agency that values and supports the communities she loves. Known by colleagues and clients alike for her honesty, clarity, perseverance and fairness, Katy has a reputation for her timely responsiveness to her clients’ needs and concerns. In addition to her real estate business, Katy is deeply committed to volunteerism. She is involved on the board of the Wilton Historical Society and with the biannual Minks to Sinks Fundraiser for the Family and Children's Agency. She enjoys playing tennis and golf, cooking, reading and spending time with her family. For the past 22 years, Katy and her husband have been raising their four children in Wilton. Katy loves sharing her passion for the community with her clients and helping them find their perfect home. Member: National Association of Realtors Connecticut Association of Realtors Consolidated Multiple Listing Service Mid Fairfield County Association of Realtors Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Wilton Chamber of Commerce Kiwanis Club