Hey, everybody! It's been a bit since I posted, due to both the holidays and because I was out of town for three weeks at my seasonal job in Kentucky. My sister and I both travel to Kentucky three to five times a year for a seasonal job, working at a place we love. The idea has been tossed around about us moving to Kentucky, either full-time or at least for the majority of the year. One obvious and important item we've been looking into is where to live. We currently rent a small apartment from a friend, but if we did move, we would definitely need something more permanent, more our own space, where I'd be able to bring my dog, and where we would have all the appliances and furniture needed for permanent living. Not to mention, since I love the job there, the friends, and the location, I'd be much more interested in purchasing a home rather than continuing to rent. Because I would be a first-time homeowner, I've been looking for helpful and reliable information online. For example, I was surprised to find out that last year, many first-time homeowners are turning to their parents for financial help rather than getting a loan (according to this article from Wall Street Journal).
Unfortunately, the part of Kentucky we would be looking to move to isn't the cheapest part of the state. It's a great area, and real estate is slightly pricier than we were hoping when moving was first mentioned. I have been able to do some browsing online of homes for sale and realized that one thing we definitely needed to look into was a mortgage calculator so we could figure out the basic requirements such as what we could afford, the minimum income we would each need to be able to afford a downpayment and monthly payments, et cetera. I actually found a calculator that not only calculates the home-related payments, but allows you to input your other monthly costs (car, car insurance, credit cards, bills, et cetera) to give you a clear picture of what you can afford. Super helpful for sure!
Needless to say, this certainly is not a decision we will be making quickly. Moving and buying a home are both huge commitments and we will be pondering, praying, and seeking advice before making any decisions. I'm