M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group, recently issued some advice for first time homebuyers. Although M&I is located in Indiana, the tips apply to non-Hoosiers, too.

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Assess Affordability
It’s widely accepted advice: Housing costs should not take up more than one-third of your income. Housing costs include the mortgage payment, property insurance and taxes.

Getting Down with the Down Payment
It’s another simple math fact: The bigger the down payment, the less interest you pay. For those who have trouble saving for the downpayment, consider opening a special savings account that automatically deducts from your checking every month. Don’t touch it!

Choose the Right Mortgage
There is no one right mortgage. There is a right one for you, however. If possible, choose a mortgage with a shorter life. You’ll be paying more monthly, but less overall.

Thinking about buying a home? Check out our Home Buying 101 Guide.

Credit: BMO Financial Group