Tax Refunds and Buying Your Next Home
Tax Day is here. April 15th is the official day that accountants all across America can breathe easier now that tax season is over. While tax refunds were down this year on the whole, some filers still managed to escape the tax process without owing anything and even getting money back. So, what happens next? Can you use your tax refunds to help you buy your next home in Asheville? Here are some things to consider.
Pay Off Debts
While the amount you got back may not be enough for a down payment or to buy a home with cash, there are some productive things you can do with the money. One important way you can use your refund is to pay down debts.
This can help improve your credit score and debt-to-income ratio so the approval process will be more satisfactory. That can help you when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage and buying your next home.
Pay Closing Costs
Tax refunds can also off-set your closing costs. Buyers are often required to bring cash for closing costs to the table, but you may not have factored these into your purchase price. You can use your refund to take a little of the edge off the experience.
Typical closing costs are usually about 1% to 1.5% of the loan cost. There are other fees that your refund could help you pay, such as inspections or an appraisal fee.
Buy Down the Rate
To help make your home purchase more affordable, you can use a portion of your tax return to buy down the interest rate. That can save you thousands in interest costs over the years, and helps you qualify, by reducing your overall housing payment (and DTI), debt-to-income ratio.
Start an Emergency Fund
There will always be additional costs when you buy a home, you may just not know about them until you’ve moved in. Starting an emergency fund to help handle unforeseen situations in the future is a great way to utilize your tax refund.
Your refund can be a seed for your emergency fund, but you should also:
* Track your expenses and set aside money every month.
* Set a goal for your emergency fund.
* Only tap into it for home repairs.
* Keep the money safe and accessible.
Save for Expenses
An emergency fund isn’t the only possible savings you can start with your tax refund. You may also want to create an expense account with this money. Many experts suggest that you set aside 1% of the cost of your home per year to help you with these regular expenses.
For example, if your home cost $300,000, that’s $3000 per year. You can set aside $250 a month to go toward these costs. And you can start this with your refund.
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