I want to start saving for a house. How should I get started?

Asked in New York, NY · April 5, 2016
I'm 26 years old.

Advisor answers

Linda Jacob

Linda Jacob

CFP®, AFC®

Start by building a budget and determine how much each month you can save. Next, treat that savings like it is a monthly bill, never to be missed. Set it up to automatically move from your checking account to a savings account.

Once your balance reaches $1000, move it to a Money Market Account. This will get you a little bit more interest.

Remember to save for a down payment, and closing costs. For the best interest rate, you will want to put down 20%, but some lenders will qualify you for the loan with as little as 3%.

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