In this post, we’re talking about car payments and how they affect mortgages. As loan officers, we’re in the business of trying to calculate how much a person qualifies for or not. Because car payments are such an everyday part of life for so many people, we wanted to give a brief rundown of how your car payments might be affecting your mortgage purchasing power.
The first bucket is going to be what we’re going to call the first time home buyer bucket. This is that person who’s buying their first or second home and they’re starting a family. In these cases, often their income is not where they want it to be and their expenses are probably a little bit higher than normal because they’re having to buy cribs and minivans and things like that. For them, these car payments can really impact what sort of home, if any, they can look into buying.
Then we’ve got those who are refinancing. These are more veteran borrowers that’ve been in their home for longer periods of time and have more seasoned income. They might have a travel trailer and two decent cars. These car payments are big and their mortgage interest rate might be sitting at 3.5% and they want to refi, and it’s like all of a sudden, your income is good, but you got some big debt and you’ve got some big car payments, and you’re wondering how this is going to affecting your mortgage. These car payments, when you really break down what it means to your overall budget and how it impacts a mortgage, is a big deal.
The question you should be asking yourself is If you didn’t have your car payment, how much more could you qualify for how much more home could you buy?
A $250 car payment equates to about a $50,000 mortgage. Not many people are buying houses for $50,000, but what this really means is you can add this to your potential home buying power, your purchasing power. So, with the car payment of $250, you can afford a $200,000 house, but without that $250 car payment, you could afford a $250,000 house. And today, that’s a big deal.
If your car payment is $400 a month, that equates to roughly $90,000 that could go into buying a new home.
If your car payment is $600 a month, that equates to roughly $140,000 that could go into buying a new home.
If your car payment is $1000 a month, that equates to roughly $235,000 that could go into buying a new home.
Especially for first time home buyers, we suggest keeping your car payment as low as possible. After you get established in your home, then go and purchase that car.
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