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By : Jason Deines    99 or more times read
First-time homebuyers often get caught up with how much home they can buy, which is dictated by how much money they can borrow from the bank and afford to pay back. Of course this is a huge issue when it comes to buying a home and one should not merely buy a home because it fits their price range. There are many factors to consider when buying a home and all may have a cost associated with it.

One of the biggest concerns is, or at least should be, is destinations. Where do you spend most of your time? If by chance you choose to live far from work and commute each day because the home prices are more affordable you definitely want to take into consideration the additional costs, not only for fuel but wear on your vehicle. We have seen in recent years what gas prices can do and how quickly they can skyrocket putting families in tough situations. Taking into account how much it is going to cost each month on simply commuting to and from work is important. This could be hundreds of dollars depending on the gas prices, the type of car you drive, and your driving habits. As you can see there is certainly a cost associated with where you buy your home but what about time requirements. Even moderate commute distances of 15 to 20 miles can take over an hour to make it from point “A” to point “B”. It isn’t uncommon to spend an hour or two commuting each day from home and work. Be sure to understand the risks and benefits when making this decision.

As you can see just that one decision can have a huge impact on your time and checking account. The same scenario can be used for whatever your major destinations are. Buying a home is a huge investment and you want to be able to enjoy it when you get there. Being aware of the pros and cons for where you determine to hang your hat will go a long way in being able to budget your expenses and weed out any hidden problems that may arise down the road.

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