08-24-2013 09:49 AM
Trying to strategize for a future home purchase since the other two didn't work out. due to low appraisals. I am looking in the $240-260k range on a new build....have not made any moves yet, or done a new prequal.
I have no other debt except student loans which are at 53k. Since I have money save from my home purchase attempts, I was looking at paying $5k to get them down to $48k. I hold a PT job, and freelance a lot since I'm still single with no kids. That puts me at $65k or so with salary + PT income. This is not including end of year bonus at work...I'm estimating it at 5k.
After doing this, I will still have money for down payment (5% conv.), and some savings.
In doing this...paying down to 48K....will this help me to qualify for a slightly larger loan?
Is there anything I'm not considering?
Also...I'm not in a hurry either and could pay more, but don't want to get my savings too low.
08-24-2013 10:24 AM
It's not the amount that is owed that impacts what you can qualify for, it's the monthly payment... so unless your monthly payment on the student loans is going to be lowered by you throwing $5k at it, then you won't see any difference between what you can qualify for after you pay it down. You'll just be $5k poorer in the bank.
How long have you been at your part-time job for?
Do you claim your freelance income on Schedule C or are you W-2'd for it? How long have you had that type of income for?
08-24-2013 11:35 AM
Three years on the freelance and PT job, so I've filed both since 2010, in addition to my traditional salary.
If the payments wont help...I will save my 5k! lol
08-24-2013 02:14 PM
Sounds like your employment/income will be OK to qualify with, yup I agree on saving the $5k.