In this extremely competitive real estate market, homebuyers are more willing to do whatever it takes to get their offers approved. A recent HomeAdvisor survey found that 63% of homebuyers would go over their budget for the perfect home, and 1 in 4 homebuyers would go $100,000 over their budget for their dream home — but is breaking your budget by such a large figure really worth it?
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GOBankingRates spoke with financial advisors to get their takes.
Why It Might Not Be Worth It To Go Over Budget
Jay Zigmont, CFP, founder of Live, Learn, Plan, a financial planning firm in Mississippi, said that he does not advise going over your homebuying budget — even for your “ideal” or “dream” home.
“This type of home fever can cause you nightmares in the future,” he said. “In general, you should try to keep your mortgage payment — including interest, taxes and insurance — to less than one-third of your take-home pay.”
Not only could an expensive mortgage derail your monthly budget, but it can also make it harder to cover the unexpected expenses that come along with homeownership.
“The thing to remember is that once you own a home, you are also responsible for any maintenance, repairs and the like,” Zigmont said. “On average, house maintenance will be 1% of the house’s value each year, but there can be big swings, like when you need to replace a roof or HVAC.”
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Zigmont also notes that your dream home of today may not be your dream home 10 years from now.
“There is a high likelihood that you will move in the future,” he said. “What may be a dream house now may not fit you as your job, family and life change. Buy a house you can afford, pay it down and ‘upgrade’ in the future. You want to enjoy your house, not always be worrying about how you are going to pay for it — or worse, if you might …….