How much can I AFFORD to pay in rent?

To find out where your housing budget should be, there is a pretty simple formula.

Write down all your expenses ( car payments, phone bill, TV subscriptions, insurance etc.). Then, figure out your estimated monthly income (after taxes). Your rent payment really shouldn’t be any more than 30% of your total income. There can be a tiny bit of wiggle room based on your other expenses, but in a general sense, 30% is a good place to be.

For example:

If I make \$2,000 a month, 30% of my monthly income is \$600. That is where I should start my budget for my apartment search. ( keeping in mind utilities costs on top of that so I may want to look a little less, around the \$550/month mark)

This is a great chance to practice those math skills!

To find the percentage just solve for B { B/(income) = 30/100}

For my example:

Income= \$2,000.

So I do 2000 x 30= 60,000

Then I take 60,000 and divide it by 100 = 600

So, let's put this into play. I make \$2000/month and

\$600/month for rent

\$100 Utilities

\$350 Car/Insurance

\$150 phone/gas

That puts me at \$1200 spending a month and \$800 left over for food & extras.

Of course, everyone’s spending needs will be different, but this is visual to see how much you can afford.

Keep in mind that most places you will have to pay a deposit and first month’s rent before moving in. So, I would need about \$1200 upfront before moving in. Make sure you're saving a little bit of money every month to get to this goal.

If this is a little too overwhelming, you can always check out this online rent calculator here >>>> >>>https://www.rentcafe.com/rent-affordability-calculator/

As always, please give IPM Minot Rentals a call if you have any questions about rental properties, what the application is like or what available for you. We'd love to get you into a new place soon!

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