When you're buying a home or refinancing a mortgage—as record number of us are doing these days—one of your most important considerations is what size mortgage you can realistically afford. To figure out that number, just follow the steps below.
This formula does not account for the tax savings conferred by home ownership. You will want to figure that savings into your calculations before you shop for a home. A tax advisor can help.
Printed from Oprah.com on Wednesday, December 11, 2013