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1. Determine how much you can afford each month. The rule of thumb is to **spend no more than 25% of your monthly take-home pay on your mortgage payment**. If you tie up too much of your budget in your monthly payment, you leave yourself unprepared to face emergencies or embrace opportunities.

The most typical cash reserve requirement is **two months**. That means that you must have sufficient reserves to cover your first two months of mortgage payments. So if your principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) come to $1,500 per month, the reserve requirement will be $3,000.

When saving up for a home, it's key to have a reserve of cash savings — or an emergency fund — that isn't used for the down payment or closing costs. It's a good idea to have **at least 3-6 months of living expenses saved up** in this cash reserve.

Take a homebuyer who makes $40,000 a year. The maximum amount for monthly mortgage-related payments at 28% of gross income is $933. ... Furthermore, the lender says the total debt payments each month should not exceed 36%, which comes to $1,200.

The “20 percent down rule” is really a myth. Typically, **mortgage lenders want you to put** 20 percent down on a home purchase because it lowers their lending risk. It's also a “rule” that most programs charge mortgage insurance if you put less than 20 percent down (though some loans avoid this).

For FHA loans, a down payment of 3.5% is required for maximum financing. So for the same $500,000 home, you would need to come up with **at least $17,500**. Including the closing costs, you should be putting aside approximately between $27,500 and $28,750 to get the keys to your first home.

If you are purchasing a $300,000 home, you'd pay **3.5% of $300,000** or $10,500 as a down payment when you close on your loan. Your loan amount would then be for the remaining cost of the home, which is $289,500. Keep in mind this does not include closing costs and any additional fees included in the process.

By age 25, you should have saved **at least 0.5X your annual expenses**. The more the better. In other words, if you spend $50,000 a year, you should have about $25,000 in savings. If you spend $100,000 a year, you should have at least $50,000 in savings.

Can I retire on $500k plus Social Security? **Yes, you can**! The average monthly Social Security Income check-in 2021 is $1,543 per person.

By age 30, you should have saved **close to $47,000**, assuming you're earning a relatively average salary. This target number is based on the rule of thumb you should aim to have about one year's salary saved by the time you're entering your fourth decade.

What is the 50-20-30 rule? The 50-20-30 rule is a money management technique that divides your paycheck into three categories: **50% for the essentials, 20% for savings and 30% for everything else**.

The average mortgage loan amount for consumers with Exceptional credit scores is $208,977. People with FICO^{®} Scores of 800 have an **average auto-loan debt of $18,764**.

“A typical down payment is usually between 10% and 20% of the total price. On a $12,000 car loan, that would be **between $1,200 and $2,400**. When it comes to the down payment, the more you put down, the better off you will be in the long run because this reduces the amount you will pay for the car in the end.

How much deposit do I need to buy a house? Usually you need to put down a deposit of **at least 5% of the property's value**. This will mean you have a 95% LTV mortgage. Coronavirus has led to most lenders only accepting deposits of at least 10%.

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.)

The general rule of thumb is that you should save 20% of your salary for retirement, emergencies, and long-term goals. By age 21, assuming you have worked full time earning the median salary for the equivalent of a year, you should have saved **a little more than $6,000**.

If you're looking to purchase a used car for around $10,000, then $1,000 is a decent down payment. It's widely advised to put down **at least 10% of the** vehicle's value to increase your odds of getting approved for a loan, and to minimize your interest charges.

A good starting point is your budget. Experts say your total car expenses, including monthly payments, insurance, gas and maintenance, should be about 20 percent of your take-home monthly pay. ... Then a safe estimate for car expenses is **$800 per month**.

**A credit score of 900 is either not possible or not very relevant**. ... On the standard 300-850 range used by FICO and VantageScore, a credit score of 800+ is considered “perfect.” That's because higher scores won't really save you any money.

FICO^{®} Scores^{☉} of **at least 640 or so** are typically all that are needed to qualify for first-time homebuyer assistance. FICO^{®} Scores range from 300 to 850. But chances are you may need higher credit scores of around 680 or so to qualify for a conventional mortgage.

Yes, **saving $2000 per month is good**. Given an average 7% return per year, saving a thousand dollars per month for 20 years will end up being $1,000,000. However, with other strategies, you might reach over 3 Million USD in 20 years, by only saving $2000 per month.

The Rule of 72 is a calculation that **estimates the number of years it takes to double your money at a specified rate of return**. If, for example, your account earns 4 percent, divide 72 by 4 to get the number of years it will take for your money to double. In this case, 18 years.