Not only does owning a home give you a haven for your family, it makes great financial sense, too. You can use the “Calculators” on my website to help you figure out how much your mortgage payment will be based on the interest rate and the amount of the home you want to purchase. The calculation below will also help you figure out what you can afford. It assumes a 28% income tax bracket. If your bracket is higher, your savings will be, too.
Rent: _____
Multiplier: X 1.32
Mortgage Payment: __________
Because of tax deductions, you can make a mortgage payment – including taxes and insurance – that is approximately 1/3 larger than your current rent payment and end up with the same amount of income.

Reprinted from REALTOR Magazine Online by permission of the National Association of Realtors, Copyriht 2005, All rights reserved

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