Thinking of buying your first home? Must be an emotional high point in your life. However, before you commit to this responsibility of homeownership, stop and think.
Don’t make the mistake of
- Only relying on a loan for the house is going to cost you in terms of a high-interest cost. For a 90% loan – interest cost over 20 years can potentially be as much as the cost of your home. Ensure that you use at least 40%-50% of your own savings towards the house value and then take a loan for the rest
- Your housing loan EMI can last for a long time, make sure it does not become a burden if you want to change your job, professional status and work life. To do this, keep the EMI not more than 40%-50% of your post-tax monthly income – so that if there is a point where you want to take a break or change your job or even lose your job, the EMI doesn’t feel like a burden
- Think about aspects like location, commute time, quality of builder, neighbourhood, access to amenities – not just for now but also ten years later while making the choice of your home. You don’t want to spend the bulk of your time on the road trying to reach home – while simultaneously worrying about high pollution levels in your locality.
Build a life in your new home – not just a house.
2023 has started on a cocktail note with mixed emotions and outcomes, both personal and professional. On the personal front, it’s been about accepting a grave illness impacting a loved one, all the while not feeling guilty about celebrating one’s own good health. On the professional front, it’s being able to embrace failure, while at the same time rejoicing the space created through 2022 for new endeavours.
Are you looking for clarity in managing your money? Do you want to be confident with your money? Are you looking to transform your money relationship?
In a recent financial well-being workshop I conducted for a small group of five people, one of the first topics we discussed was budgeting. It was really about writing down our expenses as a first step, which then helps in allocating spending as per our own, individual, unique life plans.