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Create Your Budget

The development of your household budget is an you should complete both before you make a Real Estate purchase as well as consistently during your home ownership. By preparing a budget while you are looking at homes, you can better focus on mortgage payment goals and how the new house will affect your total expenses. Maintaining a budget during the time you own the home can help to prevent potential financial disasters as well as point you in a money saving direction so you have more funds available for those things that you need or want.

To begin you will need to gather your information which could take some time. Once you have your bills and other recurring expenses, set aside some time and along with others members of the household who are involved in spending and sit down together and start to create your budget. 
You can print out a form for developing your household budget here .

Below are some of items of information needed to complete your budget: 

  • All current monthly loan payments.
  • All other monthly expenses (such as child care, dues, etc.).
  • Records of variable expenses (for example, utilities, food and car repair) from the last 12 months. This will give you an estimate of your monthly expenditures.
  • Records of annual or semi-annual expenses (such as insurance and taxes).
  • An estimate of what your new mortgage payment will be. You can estimate that using our mortgage calculator .
  • Records of other non-fixed expenses (for example, medical expenditures) for the last year. This will give you an estimate of average expenses of this type.
  • Records or an estimate of personal expenses (entertainment, travel, etc.)
  • Having a current copy of your credit report can be very helpful. Not only will it reveal any inaccuracies in your credit history, it will also give you a clear picture of not only your total debt but your monthly obligations. You can get a free copy of your Credit Report

Be realistic in your budget assessment. Make provisions for possible increases in some items (for example, school tuitions, insurance and taxes). Then, look for ways to get (and maintain) control over your budget.