How do you figure out what you can spend based on income?

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    • Molly Green

        I know there is a formula for it but I can’t seem to figure it out. I can’t remember if it is a percentage you base things on or if there is an equation you do. I just want to get a general idea of how much house I can afford to buy right now.

      • Dan Charles

          To get a general idea, use this:

          A good rule of thumb is to not go over 1 week’s pay in mortgage cost. Say you make $3,200 a month. Divided by 4, this gives you $800. That would be a wise number to stay under. This does not include property tax, utilities, or house insurance.

        • Gray W.

            The easiest way to do this is to look at your yearly income and times it by four. If you earn $40k a year, you can safely afford $160k house. There is wiggle room with this but it is a realistic price range you should aim for. In order to buy a $250k house, you would need to be earning roughly $62k a year.

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