We Bought The House We Could Afford

Four years ago, my wife and I began to search for a new home.  Our family had grown and we were looking for a new place to live – our home for the next 20+ years.

Before looking for our new home, we spent several months saving up enough money for a down-payment.  Our goal was to avoid PMI – private mortgage insurance.  Once we had saved up our down-payment, we began the process of looking for our new house.

We set a budget – a desired purchase price and a desired monthly payment amount.  We began our search with these numbers in mind – and fixed.

One of the things I was concerned about was qualifying for a mortgage.  We had never been through the process before – and were a little apprehensive.  Our credit scores were fine and we were debt free, but the housing market was in an odd place.  So, we placed a few calls with some local mortgage companies and did some research on the internet – and we were amazed.

We not only qualified for the amount of money we needed to purchase the home – we qualified for more than we needed.  Much more.

We had a decision to make – to stick with our original plan – or to look at bigger, more expensive homes.

We live in a rural area where home prices are relatively stable and reasonable.  The amount we qualified for would have allowed for us to finance a very nice home – but we would have quickly become house-poor.  The monthly mortgage payment would have really put a strain on our budget.

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Instead of focusing on the amount for which we had been approved – we stuck to our budget.  We purchased a home that we could both afford – and enjoy.

We love our home.  It’s not fancy, but it’s in a nice, quiet neighborhood.  Our kids love it and we are blessed to have it.  Our goal is to pay it off in less than 15 years – 10 would be better – and we’re thankful that we maintained level heads and purchased within our means.

As I look back, it would have been fun, on some level, to look at those much bigger, much more expensive homes.  As I look forward, I’m thankful that we stuck to our plan, stuck to our budget, and chose the home that we did.  Blessings.

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