Make It Home: 5 Signs You're Serious About Owning a Home

By SUZZANNE COUSINS

Owning a home is worth making sacrifices. Those sacrifices may include (1) downsizing your car, (2) reducing your rent expense, (3) saving a portion of your money, (4) spending less on entertainment and (5) getting your family or partner to help you buy the home you have been dreaming of. If you are serious about owning your home, then take our advice.

1. Downsize your vehicle

 

2. Moving down to move on up!

 

What about moving down to move up? Where do you live now? Are you renting a house that is large and elaborate, but is costing you more than half of your salary? Maybe you can move to somewhere cheaper and more affordable to allow you to save more towards your own home. All the extra money you are giving your landlord could be used to put towards your own house in the same area. As former British politician Winston Churchill says, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” So, move around so you can move up in comfort and with peace of mind.

 

3. Save! Save! Save!

 

Here’s another tip. Invest a portion of your money in saving towards your new home. Investing is also very important. Saving plans are available from many financial institutions across the island. Speak with a financial adviser about the best way to invest your money today! Just like how you would save lunch money every day to buy ice-cream as a child, saving a few bucks each day, week, month or year towards your dream house is just as simple and achievable.

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4. Cut back on spending 

Another key to buying your own home is to be a little more frugal. Look at how much money you spend on entertainment like outings, trips, parties and other activities, and see if you can cut back. Maybe you can cook at home more, ‘run-a-boat’ with friends, wait until movies come out on TV to watch them, go to free beaches or find cheaper hobbies, like reading online books or doing activities around the house. A short while of less entertainment can lead to a long time in your new home. 

5. Cut back on spending 

 

Buying a home on your own might seem daunting even after making all these changes, so get someone to help you out. They say, two heads are better than one. Get someone who is willing to invest in your dream with you, like a family member or partner. You can get more money if you have help and the time to pay your mortgage is significantly reduced when you aren’t footing the bill alone. So, find someone you can trust, and pool together to buy the house you keep losing sleep over or the apartment whose open house you went to two years ago.

 

Homeownership is in the future of everyone who is willing to make the sacrifices and take the necessary steps to invest in the home of their dreams seriously.