How much money should you have saved to buy a house?

Try to save 20% of your income for the next two years.

If you make $72,000 a year (the income of the average first-time homebuyer), that’s nearly $30,000 you’ll have ready for a down payment, closing costs and moving expenses.

## How much should you have saved before buying a house?

Saving 20% of your income could catapult you into purchasing a home in the next 12 to 16 months, depending on your market. For example, if you’re earning $96,000 per year, that’s $19,200 saved after one year. $28,800 saved after a year and six months, which can be plenty of funds to make home-ownership a reality.

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

Your maximum mortgage payment (rule of 28)

The golden rule in determining how much home you can afford is that your monthly mortgage payment should not exceed 28 percent of your gross monthly income (your income before taxes are taken out).

## How do I start saving to buy a house?

**How Much Should I Save for a Down Payment?**

- Determine how much you can afford each month.
- Use your monthly mortgage payment to arrive at a total mortgage amount.
- Aim for between 10% and 20% for your down payment.
- Start with a smaller number.
- Set up a Down Payment Fund.
- Throw extra money toward your Down Payment Fund.

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

If you’ve decided that home ownership is right for you, the next step is deciding how much home you can afford. Typically, most lenders suggest that you spend no more than 28% of your monthly income on a mortgage. Try SmartMoney’s “How Much House Can I Afford” calculator to find out how much you can afford.