How to Finance Your First Real Estate Before You’re 40

Last updated on September 24, 2023

In order to buy your first piece of real estate before you turn 40, there are a few things you will need to do. First, you will need to save up a down payment.

This may seem daunting, but it is definitely possible with some hard work and discipline. You may also want to consider financing your purchase through a mortgage.

Let’s discuss how to finance your first real estate purchase before you turn 40.

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Figure Out How Much You Can Afford

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To figure out how much you can afford, you’ll need to calculate your monthly income and debts. Once you have that number, you can figure out how much you can comfortably afford to spend on your mortgage each month.

To start, add up your gross monthly income from all sources. This is the amount of money you bring in each month before taxes, and other deductions are taken out.

Next, you’ll need to calculate your monthly debts. This includes things like credit card payments, car loans, student loans, and any other kind of debt that you have.

Once you have your monthly income and debts figured out, you can calculate how much you can afford to spend on a mortgage each month. To do this, simply subtract your monthly debts from your monthly income. The number you get is the amount you can afford to spend on a mortgage each month.

Calculate Your Down Payment

As you’re saving up your down payment, it’s important to know how much you need. The average down payment on a home is 20% of the purchase price. So, if you’re buying a $250,000 home, you’ll need a $50,000 down payment. However, purchasing a home isn’t always that simple. Also, keep in mind that the more money you put down, the lower your monthly mortgage payments will be.

If you don’t have enough saved for a 20% down payment, there are still options available to you. You can consider an FHA loan, which only requires a minimum down payment of just $500. Or, you could look into a VA loan, which is available to eligible veterans and active-duty service members. These loans don’t require a down payment at all.

Get Pre-approved for a Mortgage

If you’re not sure how much you can afford to spend on a home, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a good place to start. This will give you an idea of the interest rate you’ll be paying and the maximum amount you can borrow. It’s also a good way to show sellers that you’re serious about buying a property.

Getting pre-approved is a fairly simple process. You’ll need to provide your lender with some financial information, including your income, debts, and assets. Once you’re approved, you’ll receive a conditional commitment from the lender for a specific loan amount. This means that you’re not obligated to borrow the money, but it does give you a better idea of what you can afford.

Shop Around for the Best Interest Rate

What’s the point of finding your dream home if you can’t afford it? That’s why it’s so important to shop around for the best interest rate when you’re trying to finance your first real estate purchase. Talk to different banks and credit unions to find out what interest rates they’re currently offering. You may be surprised at how much money you can save by shopping around.

Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

In order to find the right real estate agent, you should: 

  • interview at least three different agents
  • ask each agent about their experience and what they would do differently if they were in your shoes
  • make sure you’re comfortable with their answers and that they understand your goals

The right real estate agent will be a huge asset and help you navigate the process of finding and financing your first real estate purchase.

Negotiate a Fair Price

Of course, you won’t be able to avoid negotiating altogether. The key is not to be afraid to walk away from a bad deal. There are always other properties out there, and you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket. 

Remember, the goal is to buy a property that will appreciate in value, so you can’t be too attached to any one particular deal. If the seller isn’t willing to budge on price, then it’s time to move on. 

Remember that you don’t need to be wealthy to invest in real estate. You can control your finances by following the tips above and making your first real estate purchase before you turn 40! By starting early, you’ll have a better chance of success and building long-term wealth through real estate investing. Thanks for reading!

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