One of the easiest ways to calculate your homebuying budget is the 25% rule, which dictates that your mortgage shouldn’t be more than 25% of your gross income each month.

The Federal Housing Authority is a bit more generous, allowing consumers to spend up to 29% of their gross income on a mortgage.

## How much should you spend on your first house?

To determine how much house you can afford, most financial advisers agree that people should spend no more than 28 percent of their gross monthly income on housing expenses and no more than 36 percent on total debt — that includes housing as well as things like student loans, car expenses, and credit card payments.

## How do people afford first homes?

**Steps to buying your first house**

- Improve your credit score.
- Decide on a budget for your home.
- Arrange a down payment and associated costs.
- Have enough money in your savings account to cover unforeseen expenses associated with buying a home.
- Talk to a mortgage professional.
- Find a realtor.
- Find a home you’d like to buy.

## How much money do I need to buy a 200k house?

Summary

Down payment | 10% of $200,000 | $20,000 |
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Prepaid expenses | 2% of $180,000 | $3,600 |

Utility adjustments | Estimated | $500 |

Cash reserves | $1,200 mortgage payment x 2 | $2,400 |

Total cash required | $31,000 |

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## What is considered house poor?

House poor is a term used to describe a person who spends a large proportion of his or her total income on home ownership, including mortgage payments, property taxes, maintenance, and utilities. House poor is sometimes also referred to as house rich, cash poor.

## How much should I spend on a house if I make 40k?

Take a homebuyer who makes $40,000 a year. The maximum amount for monthly mortgage-related payments at 28% of gross income is $933. ($40,000 times 0.28 equals $11,200, and $11,200 divided by 12 months equals $933.33.)