Bigger isn’t always better, but when you have less than an inch of storage space left and more family members than bedrooms, bigger is better.
People generally start shopping for a bigger home once they’ve outgrown their current one instead of before, making their need for more space urgent. As your family grows, your house needs to too. Some people look for more square footage while others are simply in need of more rooms and may feel comfortable with the same square footage. It is likely, whether you’re looking for one vs. the other, that you’ll need to pay more to get what you need. It’s not very often that you can upgrade without spending more money.
The right mortgage will help determine what you can comfortably afford. If you’re only planning on living in your new home for a few years you should consider an adjustable rate mortgage. This type of mortgage will save you money with an interest rate that is guaranteed for the length of your mortgage loan. This will keep extra cash in your budget for all of life’s necessities.
The other option is a fixed-rate loan that will come with a higher interest rate. The upside to this type of loan is that it locks in your payments throughout the life of your loan.
Before you even start looking you need to get pre-qualified. You should be proud of yourself for qualifying for your existing mortgage, but with upsizing also comes stronger requirements. The risk that the lender is taking on is their biggest concern. Credit scores and collateral are big factors in whether or not you’ll be approved for a larger loan.
The good news is that the housing market is continuing to improve. Interest rates are dropping, making for lower monthly payments. If you’re ready for an upgrade don’t delay. Begin the process, get pre-approved and start looking for your new dream home today.