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Rent/Mortgage - What % of take home income do you spend?

(78 Posts)
escape Thu 01-Aug-13 22:45:59

I am driving myself crazy deciding weather to rent a house that would cost £400 pcm more than I pay currently.
I believe can afford it, and for various reasons it will make me so mch more happier ( lifestyle/sanity!)

Can I ask what % of your households take home income do you spend on rent or mortgage - I want to know if I am being frivolous even contemplating this... TIA.

mizu Mon 12-Aug-13 20:27:02

Just over 20% but will be more than this if we are able to buy next year

sirensorseagulls Wed 07-Aug-13 15:14:50

Shortly going to be around 20%

Standautocorrected Wed 07-Aug-13 09:27:47

It was 38% when we were overpaying, but its now much lower than that.
Im now a sahm so we couldn't have sustained such a high amount.

I am looking into an extension so the cushion we built up by overpaying should help with that.

countrymummy13 Wed 07-Aug-13 08:37:46


titchy Tue 06-Aug-13 22:39:34

About 60% <gulp>

Neither of our salaries on their own covers the mortgage let alone the bills. Not a good position to be in but we have a lot of equity which we wouldn't have had if we didn't stretch ourselves to extend the house.

We just about manage.

EeyoreIsh Tue 06-Aug-13 22:23:03


amothersplaceisinthewrong Tue 06-Aug-13 22:22:23

0%, we paid our mortgage off six years ago.

peggyundercrackers Tue 06-Aug-13 22:21:22

our mortgage is about 11% of our income

emma16 Tue 06-Aug-13 22:12:43


Tasmania Tue 06-Aug-13 22:07:26

Viviennemary Most people live within their means (to some extent). A wealthier person will often buy/rent a more expensive house/flat, so will have more to pay, and the proportion may remain the same.

Only very, very wealthy (we're talking millions) people won't spend much proportionally because there's a limit as to how much houses can cost, and they may be able to buy them outright...

TheSmallPrint Tue 06-Aug-13 15:36:23

about 35%

Viviennemary Tue 06-Aug-13 15:31:35

I don't think the percentage thing is a good yardstick. Because if somebody has a higher salary then what they have left after the rent/mortgage has been paid will be more than the person with the lower salary. So they could make cuts if things got tight.

myron Tue 06-Aug-13 15:23:23


Mendi Mon 05-Aug-13 07:37:26

OP I am about to move to a rented house where the rent will be 40% of my net income, as opposed to where I live now which is more like 15%. I am really anxious about it but like you, the 2 houses are incomparable and I have to move, so I'm trying to justify it on the basis of all the good reasons and plan to economise where I can.

Tasmania Mon 05-Aug-13 00:15:31

Currently renting. About 17%. Will soon be buying though, and it would then go up to 30%...

Mum2Fergus Sat 03-Aug-13 09:44:53


Runningchick123 Sat 03-Aug-13 07:26:19

26% which is way more than we would like, but we have whatbwe hope is our forever home so it is worth it in the long run.

scarlettsmummy2 Fri 02-Aug-13 21:27:06


Rtfairy Fri 02-Aug-13 20:35:18

About 24% of our joint income which is enough I think

ReluctantBeing Fri 02-Aug-13 20:18:59

Our rent is a third of our income. We save £30 a month ATM.

PattyPenguin Fri 02-Aug-13 20:17:54

50%. <moan> Husband made redundant two years ago, still not got another proper job, just bits here and there. One kid at uni, one about to go to FE college, which means will still cost money but not contribute. Am beyond stressed about it all. <moan over>

YoniBottsBumgina Fri 02-Aug-13 15:17:10

If I don't take child benefit into account, it's almost 50%! Surprised so many people pay such a small percentage TBH.

YoniBottsBumgina Fri 02-Aug-13 15:15:36

Of my wages, over 100%

Including tax credits, housing benefit, etc it's around 45%.

GetStuffezd Fri 02-Aug-13 14:55:35

about 30%

AntoinetteCosway Fri 02-Aug-13 14:54:22

It was 25% but I've just stopped work so it's now 40%. It makes me very nervous but none of us were happy with DD in nursery all the time.

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