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How Much House Can You Really Afford in Mississauga?

Thursday Sep 01st, 2022


Getting pre-approved for a mortgage might seem like a logical first step if you are ready to put your renting days behind you or if it’s time to fly the family nest. And it is – but it also comes with an additional consideration that excited first-time buyers can forget: knowing just how much they can afford.

You may think, “I know how much I can afford because my mortgage advisor pre-approved me for $625,000.” And that is correct, somewhat. During the pre-approval process, your lender will assess your income, debt, credit score and other factors to determine how much they can loan you, but that doesn’t mean that you can afford the monthly payments.

Before you get approved for a mortgage, you need to sit down and crunch your numbers, which will help you create a realistic budget that reflects your current situation. For example, if you have student loans, a pricey car payment, childcare expenses or other financial commitments, this will impact how much you can afford each month for your mortgage payment. 

And, don’t forget – home ownership comes with additional costs you may not have to carry while renting or living at home. For instance, there are utility bills, property taxes, ongoing maintenance and repairs, insurance premiums, and perhaps HOA or condo fees. In addition, if you are living farther away from work, school or family, you’ll have increased commuting costs. 

It’s also essential to put together your own budget because only you know your daily spending habits and financial goals. Crunching your numbers will help you identify what you may be willing to sacrifice to afford a mortgage, like fewer vacations, less dining out or driving an older vehicle. On the other hand, this exercise might show you that you aren’t ready for homeownership and the sacrifices that come with it. And you know what? That’s okay too. It’s better to realize this before getting locked into a mortgage payment that can cause additional stress and financial hardship. 

To learn more about getting pre-approved for a mortgage or the typical expenses homeowners face, contact a real estate sales representative, like myself, who has established relationships with many trusted lenders in Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area. I trust these professionals to give my clients the best advice and guidance so they can feel confident come offer time. After all, a little peace of mind goes a long way when purchasing your life’s most significant investment.

Contact Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative, ASA with Keller Williams Real Estate Associates, Brokerage in Mississauga, at (416) 729-4025 to discuss.

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