Housing

What can i afford

Salesforce ORCG26
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I make tc 285k lmts @ salesforce, base of 210k
Wife makes 200k as a consultant, base of 150k

We are 28..No kids and no debt, we have about 550k in cash and index funds

Thinking of buying a home for 1.3m in bay area

Good/bad idea? What do you think is a reasonable budget

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  • Uber qcdo81
    Fuck you.
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    • Salesforce ORCG26
      OP
      Typical uber employee
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    • Uber qcdo81
      So long as we’re generalizing by company, typical salesforce employee to not know what he can/can’t afford and goes to Blind to ask.
      7d
  • Facebook / Engsuperjump
    Yo man, nothing to contribute but just wanted to congratulate you on a successful life so far
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    • Amazon ezCW58
      Dude you too, FB engineer? You got it made you smart person!
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    • Facebook / Engsuperjump
      Fugly Asian dude with no GF prospects 😂. I should really try harder to find a girlfriend.
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    • Compass NzAq25
      Tc?
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  • Apple Uryo63
    With that much cash and income you can afford most houses
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  • Google
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    Humble self brag. Wanted a lot of oohs, aahs and congratulations I guess. I just don't buy they don't know how much they can afford! Boo.
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    • New / Eng
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      Why can’t you accept that he has made it
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    • Google
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      Lol, really? That's what you derived from my comment? Brilliant.
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    • Google xSUz57
      500k in the bank and still need validation from strangers lol
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  • Adobe Zxcvbasdfg
    We were similar profile about 10 years ago. We bought 1.1 M with 400k down. A few years down the road, we bought 2 rental properties so life is now comfortable and 1 income can support the family (with a kid now).

    I am older than most here and conservative. I went through 2 recessions so I am usually careful not to get too tied up with mortgage and property tax.
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  • Facebook usXN62
    As someone just starting off, goals 🙌🏽🙌🏽
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  • New / OtherAuntHilda
    I think you can put downpayment of 10% and that should do. Considering that, you can easily afford a house with $2M in value and still be fine. Don't get tripped on paying up the mortgage quickly than needed. Congratulations for the success. Happy for you guys.
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    • Lyft / EngJSBG53
      why do you advise them not to worry about paying the mortgage quickly?
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    • New / OtherAuntHilda
      Let me try to clarify. It is my personal opinion and may not be the best advise. The mortgage rates are 4-5% while you can invest that same money elsewhere and likely earn more than what you will pay for mortgage. US Tbills pay 3%, certain fixed income securities pay 4% and several stocks will guaranteed pay more than 4%. So that's why I recommended.
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    • New xfog64
      I would highly recommend putting 20% down since you can. Any less and you have to pay PMI, and since housing price increases are slowing and alternative investment opportunities getting risky. It could be some time before you can cancel it out.
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  • First off, you are kicking ass, at age 28 I was in grad school getting a PhD with a net worth of less than $4000 (my IRAs did not grow much after I created them). Unlike our parents or grandparents, to buy a home in your 20's today is an extreme rarity.

    You live in the city and so houses there are how much? I would buy something in a crappy school district (you could save $200k - $400k) as a starter home, and plan to get something bigger when your kids hit kindergarten-age (4.5 or 5 years old?) This is how our grandparents did it. If houses cost $900 / sq-ft today in a low-rent district, then you qualify for a 1400 sq. ft starter home if you spend $1.3m congrats. Typically a loan is 2.5 - 3x household income so you technically qualify for $1.840k (including downpayment) house but it's a bad idea to stretch on your first home.

    1. The stock market will crash within 12 months and so move your house money into cash right away. Google for "Yield curve inversion" to find out when/why. Track the 10y-2y bond spread to predict when the crash comes; it comes 6 months after the spread goes negative.

    https://ycharts.com/indicators/210_year_treasury_yield_spread

    2. The housing market takes 16-20 QUARTERS from peak to trough; peak was probably 6-12 months ago so we are only 2Q into the downturn, so go into cash to keep your powder dry. House prices in the Bay Area track the stock market very closely, as nobody uses raw salary to buy houses; houses are bought and paid for with stock options / RSUs. So wait for the stock market to bottom before doing the purchase.

    3. If you are desperate just buy anytime and make sure to sell at the same time in the business cycle in the future. Winter is a good time to buy a house; prices goes up every March.
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    • New xfog64
      I agree with goodgulf. You’re in a great position already. I’m a little more conservative than most so my target price in your situation would be $1.1M. Now is a great season to buy. Some people are getting offers accepted below asking price during the winter. You have 20% down without going broke. I would want to get a big chunk of money out of the market rn, a house is a good way to do that. A mortgage of $4700-5400 would still be very affordable for you and your wife.
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      I like this advice on buying a starter house and then planning to change in 4-5 years when kid is ready for kindergarten/school!
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  • Apple iPhone Xs
    Are you Indian on visa? Then don’t buy
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  • Google / MgmtLovedoo
    Sounds ok. But do realize that you need to account for property taxes which are no longer deductible, maintenance, utilities, and $25K in furnishing/furniture. Plus you would want a nice fancy car for you and your wife to match the new house and lifestyle. Especially an electric car. With 25% down, you should do fine.
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  • eBay FFQK04
    Buy bitcoin with all your cash
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  • New / Eng
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    I am 26 and I know I cannot make any of this
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  • New / Eng
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    OP how much yoe do you have ? Also it seems like you started working long back to have that kind of savings
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    • Salesforce ORCG26
      OP
      I started working 22 and my first job had 100k income, went to school in canada so no debt, went through an ipo for the first company, and made 100k, wife did as well and made 100k, invested in index funds, went pretty aggresive bought 80k of amazon last year and 20k netflix
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  • Adobe Rav47
    IMO it would be a good idea to buy a house but you could wait out for 6 months to a year to get some possible discounts. I would plan to get the mortgage down to 750k to optimize tax deduction. You should plan to keep $150k for rainy day which leaves $400k for downpayment. This gets you a house for close to 1.15 million. You may be able to get a decent house in east bay if the market falls another 5 - 10%.
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  • Facebook public2
    Easily, get a nicer house with land
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  • WeWork / ITTaylorHart
    Congrats man, hope to be right there with you with my lady in a few years
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  • Yahoo yoath2
    Similar situation. Bought house around the same price point. 30% down to get better rates.
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  • Apple / Productgfring
    So happy for you!
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  • Splunk / Eng
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    Why not 2M? Congrats!
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