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What is a Commute Really Worth?

How your daily drive time can be a factor in your mortgage

It's easy to overlook some of the things that can affect your budget and purchasing power when you're considering buying a home, and one of the factors that buyers overlook is the cost of their daily commute.

We've all hear that real estate is all about location, and properties in more desirable locaitons typically come with a higher price tag than similar properties that aren't.

Yet the overall cost of living for choosing one location over another might be negligible when you factor in the commuting costs that are required if you purchased a home that is significantly further from your workplace. For example gas, vehicle maintenance, insurance. If your mortgage is $200 less per month, but you're spending an extra $200 in commuting costs, are you really saving money?

Commuting costs aren't just about the disposable income left in your bank account, either. It can even affect how much money you can borrow. If you're a long-distance commuter, a loan officer may factor your travel costs into your debt-to-income ratio.

Aside form how commuting affects your purchasing power or disposable income, there's also the question of how it affects your quality of life. No one wants to spend hours a week getting to and from work. The real estate market varies greatly from location to location, so the best way to get a complete picture of your purchase power, and all the factors that go into your home budget, is to speak to a trusted real estate professional.

This post is courtesy of breakthroughbroker.com


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