Owning a house is a wonderful thing but it comes with its own sets of requirements and preparations as there is a huge sum of money involved.
While you may weigh the location, vicinity, access to transportation and market as main factors when looking for a house, there are many financial factors too which you need to consider to determine if you can afford the house and to help you get the right mortgage.
So, let’s look at the financial aspect of acquiring your dream house;
Down Payment: The bank only gives 80% of the property value as loan and the rest 20% needs to be paid on your own. So, before you decide to purchase your dream home, make sure you have saved up enough capital to make this payment. Before you start, plan, budget and save well to build up on your down payment amount.
Interest Rate: Every bank will offer a home loan at varied rates. Also, there is an option to go for fixed or floating rate of interest. Fixed means there will be no change in the interest rate throughout the tenure while floating rate means the rate payable will change every time there is a new rate announced.
Make sure you shop around and not go with the first bank that approaches you. If you are an old account holder with your bank, you can even bargain a bit to get a good rate of interest.
CIBIL Score: Everyone has their credit score being monitored by CIBIL. A good score can make your application get approved quickly. You need to maintain a good score by making sure you make your bill payments on time and not faulter with them. And by bills, it doesn’t mean just credit card, but if you are late for payment of any bill, your score will drop. Banks would not be keen to lend money to someone who is late at making payments.
Debt to Income Ratio: In my earlier blog Manage Your Debt, I had mentioned about the Debt to Income ratio. You need to calculate this ratio so don’t get in a situation where you are left with only Maggie to eat after put all your money in down payment and paying your EMI’s. This ratio help you to know how much income you have and how much debt you can afford to take. The banks also calculate this ratio to gauge your ability to pay. If you are a family person with 2 children and your monthly income is INR 70,000/- and you apply for a loan where your EMI would be INR 45,000/- a month, the bank would blatantly reject the application as you are taking more that you can afford to pay after considering you have family requirements and fees to pay too and there would be a chance of you to falter or a delay in making payments.
Fees and Penalties: When you apply for a loan, there are a number of charges that come even before your loan could be processed. Also, you need to know about various charges like late fee and penalties associated with the loan as some banks charge pre-payment penalty if you wish to pay off your loan well in advance. So read the fine lines before you sign on the dotted lines.
Documents: Make sure to have all the ducks in row when you apply for a loan. You don’t want the process of application to be delayed by running to and fro for each document that you missed to get on time. Have a checklist and arrange your papers to save time and set the wheels in motion.
Buying a house requires lots of commitment and time and with the money that is involved, yes lots of paperwork, checks and approvals are also needed. The above factors are really important and as they will help you make the right decision and the home buying process more manageable.
Next blog is going to be about “Mistakes to avoid when buying a new house”. Again, this will be from financial perspective so stay tuned.
Till Next Time
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25 replies on “Things to consider when buying a new house”
these are some great tips hansa.. we are planning for a second home and some points shared above is something I’ll give importance now… thank you for sharing these ..
Buying a house is always a big project. One needs to really weigh all pros and cons before making the investment. These are really sensible and practical things to consider.
I am planning to buy a new house, but I truly don’t know from where to start. But your ideas are really good. I’m bookmarking it for future reference.
Thanks a lot.
This is so informative true there are many things to keep in mind and legal documents. Good idea will surely follow .
Saving this for when I become able enough to buy a house myself. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and wait.
Good luck dear. Very soon.
Thanks for sharing these some amazing tips to consider while buying a new house. One of my close friend looking to buy I am sharing with my friend. Hope these tips going to help him
Oh thanks a lot.
This is really so informative . I am so naive in this topic and your post give me great knowledge.
That’s a very helpful post. It gave me knowledge about important points to know before buying a new house. Will keep this in mind.
Buying a property needs proper analysis of various factors. You’ve put it down neatly. Will bookmark for future
Really good tips and I wish I had known about these before I bought my unit. I was taken aback when I realised I had so many fees that I had to pay which were never specified.
Yes. Other expenses can hit one as a surprise if you are not prepared.
I know the technicalities of purchasing a house and I could resonate with all your tips. For most people, purchasing a house is a lifetime decision, so due diligence must be done.
Absolutely . It’s comes with a lot of work before n after the purchase
That was a wonderful guide! I already bought a flat 4 years back but the finances were hugely handled by my father and husband. I know, so regressive! Will use this if I buy any real estate in the future.
Buying a house needs more planning and savings. Also, these points are valid to consider.
Downpayment is foremost thing which we should consider while planning a home. There are certain other expenses for which we need to pay upfront so we need to have things ready before planning any purchase. Look forward to your next post.
Yes it’s a heavy chunk of money going out n needs to be planned well.