When your thinking of selling your existing property and moving to a new home, its important that you try and budget accurately. The more accurately you can estimate this figure, the better.
How Much You Can Spend On a New House?
To enable you to work out this, you first need to know what your total available funds are and then subtract the cost of moving home. Start by putting some simple figures down on paper such as:
- Savings or assets you have available (not relating to your existing house)
- The maximum mortgage payment you can comfortably afford
Then you need to work out the cost of moving house:
- What selling your property will cost (estate agents typically charge between 1%-1.5% of the property value)
- What buying your new house will cost (mortgage fees charged by the lender, solicitors costs, removal lorries, etc)
Once you’ve worked out the costs for each of the categories above, you can start looking at how much money you will have available from the sale of your exisiting property. So,
- What do you think your house will sell for?
- What do you still owe on your current mortgage?
The first figure can be obtained, by getting at least three quotes from estate agents. Finding out what you still owe on your current mortgage is simply a matter of calling and asking your lender directly.
Traditional financial wisdom recommends your monthly mortgage payments are no more than a third of your monthly net income (i.e. what you take home after tax).
Remember, if interest rates start to increase, you need to ensure that you can still afford the monthly mortgage payments.
The amount that a lender will lend to you, very much depends on your individual circumstances and different lenders’ affordability criteria. Lenders look at what you can afford to borrow, based on the number of people applying for the mortgage and assessing affordability, by taking into consideration your income and outgoings and any other liabilities that you may have.
Each lender is different and with thousands of different mortgages it pays to get the right advice.
The quickest way to discover the maximum you can comfortably borrow is by speaking to an experienced “whole of market” mortgage broker, such as ourselves.