Monday 5 October 2009 12.10pm
saw this house buying tip about what to do if you cant get your dream home - its US but it still applies and i think its good advice - someone pls say if they disagree
"BUY BEST (OR CHEAPEST) All of these caveats have given rise to some unusual strategies. Michael Kalscheur, a financial planner with Castle Wealth Advisors in Indianapolis, suggests buying the dream house you covet (if you can afford it) or an inexpensive starter house but not anything in the middle.
â€śIf people have their heart set on something, inevitably, if they can't afford what they really want, they buy the next best thing,â€ť he said. â€śThat's absolutely the worst thing you can do. Not only do you not get what you want, but it sucks you dry.â€ť
Why? Well, if you buy that entry-level home instead of the silver-medal home, you can save a lot more money each month after making the house payment (as long as you're disciplined) than you would if you were paying a big mortgage toward that next best house. And all of your other housing costs will be lower, too. Then, several years later, you're in a much better position to buy what you actually want."
the other tips are good too imo
i know this is stating the obvious but dont forget its probly the biggest amount of money youll ever spend - so choose wisely