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A person who makes $50,000 a year might be able to afford a house worth anywhere **from $180,000 to nearly $300,000**. That's because salary isn't the only variable that determines your home buying budget. You also have to consider your credit score, current debts, mortgage rates, and many other factors.

I make $55,000 a year. How much house can I afford? You can afford **a $187,000 house**.

How much income is needed for a 250k mortgage? + A $250k mortgage with a 4.5% interest rate for 30 years and a $10k down-payment will require an **annual income of $63,868** to qualify for the loan.

While buyers may still need to pay down debt, save up cash and qualify for a mortgage, the bottom line is that buying a home **on a middle-class salary is still possible** — in some places. Below, check out 15 cities where you can become a homeowner while earning $40,000 a year or less.

Example. Take a homebuyer who makes $40,000 a year. The maximum amount for monthly mortgage-related payments at 28% of gross income is **$933**. ($40,000 times 0.28 equals $11,200, and $11,200 divided by 12 months equals $933.33.)

The usual rule of thumb is that you can afford a mortgage **two to 2.5 times your annual income**. That's a $120,000 to $150,000 mortgage at $60,000.

What income is required for a 400k mortgage? To afford a $400,000 house, borrowers need **$55,600 in cash** to put 10 percent down. With a 30-year mortgage, your monthly income should be at least $8200 and your monthly payments on existing debt should not exceed $981. (This is an estimated example.)

You need to make **$107,668 a year** to afford a 350k mortgage. We base the income you need on a 350k mortgage on a payment that is 24% of your monthly income. In your case, your monthly income should be about $8,972. The monthly payment on a 350k mortgage is $2,153.

A down payment: You should have a down payment equal to 20% of your home's value. This means that to afford a $300,000 house, you'd need **$60,000**. Closing costs: Typically, you'll pay around 3% to 5% of a home's value in closing costs. On a $300,000 home, you'd need $9,000 to $15,000.

The golden rule in determining how much home you can afford is that your monthly mortgage payment **should not exceed 28% of your gross monthly income** (your income before taxes are taken out). For example, if you and your spouse have a combined annual income of $80,000, your mortgage payment should not exceed $1,866.

Qualification is often based on a rule of thumb, such as the “**40 times rent**” rule, which says that to be able to pay a certain rent, your annual salary needs to be 40 times that amount. In this case, 40 times $1,250 is $50,000. Therefore, if you make $50,000, you qualify for $1,250 per month in rent.

However, you would need 20% down to avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI) on a conventional mortgage. Many buyers want to avoid PMI because it increases your monthly mortgage payment. **Twenty percent down** comes out to $50,000 on a $250,000 home.

A person who makes $50,000 a year might be able to afford a house worth anywhere **from $180,000 to nearly $300,000**. That's because salary isn't the only variable that determines your home buying budget. You also have to consider your credit score, current debts, mortgage rates, and many other factors.

For homes in the $800,000 range, which is in the medium-high range for most housing markets, DollarTimes's calculator recommends buyers bring in **$119,371 before tax**, assuming a 30-year loan with a 3.25% interest rate.

Mortgage amount: $200,000 – This example assumes you have no other debts or monthly obligations beyond your new housing costs, a 20% down payment, and a good credit score. With that down payment, your $200,000 mortgage would buy you a home worth $250,000. Salary: **$94,000 per year**.

How much should you be spending on a mortgage? According to Brown, you should spend **between 28% to 36% of your take-home income** on your housing payment. If you make $70,000 a year, your monthly take-home pay, including tax deductions, will be approximately $4,328.

A good rule of thumb is that the maximum cost of your house should be no more than 2.5 to 3 times your total annual income. This means that if you wanted to purchase a $500K home or qualify for a $500K mortgage, your minimum salary should fall **between $165K and $200K**.

Assuming the best-case scenario — you have no debt, a good credit score, $90,000 to put down and you're able to secure a low 3.12% interest rate — your monthly payment for a $450,000 home would be $1,903. That means your annual salary would need to be **$70,000 before taxes**.

I make $90,000 a year. How much house can I afford? You can afford **a $306,000 house**.

If you make $50,000 a year, your total yearly housing costs should ideally be no more than $14,000, or $1,167 a month. If you make $120,000 a year, you can go **up to $33,600 a year**, or $2,800 a month—as long as your other debts don't push you beyond the 36 percent mark.

If you or your household make **between $250,000-$300,000**, you are in the sweet spot to take on a $750,000 dollar mortgage. This is because you shouldn't spend much more than 3X your annual income on a home after putting 20% down. This is my 30/30/3 rule for home-buying.

**$60,000 per year is a really good salary to live comfortably on**. However, everyone's situation and finances are different.

I make $65,000 a year. How much house can I afford? You can afford **a $221,000 house**.

I make $75,000 a year. How much house can I afford? You can afford **a $255,000 house**.

Another rule to adhere to when determining how much home you can afford is that your monthly mortgage payment should not surpass 28% of your monthly income. For example, if you make $100,000 per year, your **monthly mortgage payment should not exceed $2,333**.