The general rule of thumb: Mortgage payments should not exceed 28% of your monthly take-home pay, says Derrick.

So, if you take home $9,000 a month, your mortgage payments should be no more than $2,520.

Another way to look at it: The house shouldn’t cost more than two and a half times your annual salary.

## How much should my first house cost?

Your maximum mortgage payment (rule of 28)

The golden rule in determining how much home you can afford is that your monthly mortgage payment should not exceed 28 percent of your gross monthly income (your income before taxes are taken out).

## How much of a house can I afford?

This rule says that your mortgage payment (which includes property taxes and homeowners insurance) should be no more than 28% of your pre-tax income, and your total debt (including your mortgage and other debts such as car or student loan payments) should be no more than 36% of your pre-tax income.

## How much house can I afford on $60 000 a year?

The usual rule of thumb is that you can afford a mortgage two to 2.5 times your annual income. That’s a $120,000 to $150,000 mortgage at $60,000. You also have to be able to afford the monthly mortgage payments, however.

## How much do I need to make to afford a 500k house?

A generally accepted rule of thumb is that your mortgage shouldn’t be more than three times your annual income. So if you make $165,000 in household income, a $500,000 house is the very most you should get.