Can You Afford Your Own Home?

There are a lot of things that are considered essential parts of “adult” life. Things like a stable career, starting a family. But there’s one thing that often stands above all those as a sign of having “made it” as an adult and that’s being able to buy your own home.

Of course, that idea comes from an era where buying your own home was something that most people were actually able to do without too much trouble. These days it can often feel as though homeownership is little more than a pipe dream. But that’s not the case. There are things that you can do to help afford your own home.

Here are just a few of them.

Start saving

When a lot of people say “I can’t buy a home” what they’re actually saying is “I can buy a home yet.

This might seem like a small difference but it can be pretty significant. The reality is that, if you want to buy your own home, that’s something you should start planning for well in advance. Start saving right away, even if the prospect of owning your own home is something that won’t come to pass until years down the line.

Saving money isn’t always easy but if you’ve got something important to save for, it can make it much easier to avoid wasting that money.

Pick your properties

If you’re looking to buy your first home, it’s often a good idea to be flexible about the kinds of homes you’re looking at.

Sure, you might be dreaming of the little house with the yard and the white picket fence but those kinds of things come at something of a premium. The truth is that there are plenty of great properties that are much more affordable that you may not have even considered. From apartments to condos, it’s worth thinking more carefully about the kinds of properties you want to buy.

That way, at least you increase the number of choices that you have.

Focus on your credit score

Even more important than being able to save for things like a deposit is your credit score.

The reality is that almost every aspect of the modern world runs on credit and this is truer for buying a home than just about anything else. Because of that, you should be working hard on making sure that you have the best credit rating possible.

Things like unpaid debts can wreak havoc on your credit score. Even something as simple as a credit card that you pay off like clockwork can be really useful.

The truth is that even if it is entirely possible, getting yourself into a position where you’re able to purchase your home is something that you need to work hard to achieve. The truth is that the modern world really doesn’t make things easy for people trying to buy their first home.

Because of that, you’ve really got to be willing to put the work in when it comes to finding somewhere to put down roots.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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