Saving up for your dream house can be challenging, especially if you’re living paycheck to paycheck. However, there are many ways to dedicate a significant amount of money to your dream house without affecting your daily budget, such as using your tax refund.
What is a tax refund?
A tax refund is a reimbursement to a taxpayer for any excess amount paid to the federal government or a state government. While taxpayers tend to look at a refund as a bonus or a stroke of luck, it often represents what is essentially an interest-free loan that the taxpayer made to the government. It’s often possible to avoid overpaying your taxes so you can keep more money in your pocket each paycheck—and avoid a refund when you file your tax return.
Here’s the good news–this year, an average American worker is estimated to receive at least a $2000 tax refund. You should know how to use this money to achieve your goal.
What should you do with your tax refund?
1. Down payment
Down payment is one of the major problems among home buyers. While your tax refund isn’t enough to directly purchase a home, saving your tax refund can significantly help you save up for your house’s down payment.
2. Home inspection
If you already have enough funds for your down payment, you can use your tax refund to get a house inspection. This way, you can ensure that the property or house you’ll buy will be nothing less than perfect.
3. Closing costs
Closing costs include insurance for the title, community membership, and other extra fees needed to close the deal. Almost 2.4% of an entire downpayment is attributed to the closing costs. Many home buyers are surprised by how big this can be. To avoid this, it’s best to allocate your tax refund for these extra charges.