Are you ready?

Use this checklist to see if you’re ready to buy a home

Print this checklist. If you can check “yes” to at least six of the following items, you are probably in a good situation to consider buying your first home.

If you think you’re not ready yet, take the necessary steps to strengthen your financial picture.

Are you ready to buy a home?

Yes No Statements
I have a steady, reliable source of money coming in.
I’ve been employed on a steady basis for the last two years.
I pay my regular monthly bills, such as rent and utilities, on time.
I make regular payments on my debts (credit cards, car loans, etc.)
I am able to continue to pay these debts plus pay a mortgage. (In general, mortgage costs should not exceed 28% of your gross income.)
I’ve researched how much my other expenses are likely to be — such as homeowners insurance, taxes, association dues, utilities, repairs, and maintenance — and feel confident that I can pay them.
I have some money saved for the purpose of buying a home.
I understand that buying a home is a major, long-term responsibility. I’m committed to fulfilling that responsibility.
I have time to take care of a house — including responsibilities like home repairs and yard work.
I’ve recently reviewed my credit report; I know my current credit score.

Then, consider your current financial picture:

  • Credit history and credit score
  • Debt-to-income ratio
  • Ability to pay monthly costs

As a homeowner, your monthly house expenses may be higher than what you paid in rent, but you’re investing in an asset that can help you build wealth and roots in a community.

Click the Next button to test your judgment.