Before you start looking at homes, it’s a good idea to find a target price range that you can afford. A mortgage lender will want to make sure you can qualify for the down payment, plus a monthly mortgage payment made up of principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI).
Interest rates and your personal finances will influence the amount of house you can afford. For a quick estimate of a monthly mortgage payment for which you may qualify use the following worksheet. Remember, it’s always good to talk to a lender before you start shopping for a home. I can refer you to lenders suited to your specific financial needs.