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Old 08-17-2018, 05:00 PM   #1
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It will take me a few years to pay down debts and build savings, but I want to own my own townhouse. Still building credit, but it's a goal of mine. I just wonder if being on disability will ruin that goal.
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I do not think the fact that you receive SSDI per se will hamper your owning a home; however, you will need enough monthly income to "qualify" for your mortgage.

If you have enough monthly income (and any needed down payment) to "qualify," you can likely purchase a property. Remember that condos also have monthly condo fees and those figure into the monthly payment (in addition to the mortgage) when financing a condo.

In my state, we have a "Land Trust," which sells properties for less than their market value; yet, when you sell, you must share a portion of your home equity profits with the Land Trust. This makes homes more affordable to those needing affordable housing. You might be interested in whether your state has a similar program.


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Yes you can own property. It's just about earning enough to qualify for your mortgage.
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It will take me a few years to pay down debts and build savings, but I want to own my own townhouse. Still building credit, but it's a goal of mine. I just wonder if being on disability will ruin that goal.
owning your own home is called having "assets" a person on SSI and SSDI can have a certain amount in "Assets" if your home has been assessed at being worth more than the amount allowed for assets monetary value then you will be denied or cut off SSDI. why because Social security figures if you have that asset you could sell it, use the money received to support yourself by renting or buying a cheaper home, food, clothing that you may need.

my suggestion is contact your social security department. they will be able to tell you how much "assets" you can have and still receive SSDI
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Social Security Disability Income is not "means tested" (as is SSI.) Owning a mansion on 10 acres would not disqualify you from receiving SSDI, if that is what concerns you. You can acquire all the assets you are able to.

If SSDI is your sole source of income, then I don't see how you will be able to afford to buy a home, even a small town house.

You are allowed to work part time and earn some money, without losing SSDI. That might help you to achieve your goal.
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Definitely. Hubby and I just bought a house and we are both on disability. But, yes, you need the money to pay the mortgage.
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I hate to be a downer but if you are single and just only getting SSDI that is not a good idea. My grandmother is in that boat because my grandfather passed. She is struggling month to month on SSDI. Her house is older now and needs work. Then think about when storms happen and a tree hits your roof and your insurance says itís not covered. My mom went through that. Every summer my grandmother is stressed about paying someone to cut her yard twice a month. She use to cut her own yard until her health got bad. Do what ever you choose I just wanted to forewarn you.
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What Assets Count Toward the SSI Asset Limit
cash.
money in a checking or savings account.
cash value in life insurance policies (over $1,500)
stocks and bonds.
household goods and personal effects (over $2,000)
motor vehices (except for one), and.
real estate (other than the home in which a claimant resides).

Rent is so high I don't know what I could do. I inherited a house, but have no money to maintain it, but at least it's a place to live.
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I've heard that owning can be more expensive and more of a hassle than renting. If something breaks in my place, maintenance fixes it, and I don't have to pay any extra. If you're on disability, how will you afford it if your home needs some major work done?
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Well I'm on disability and work part time. I'm running numbers to see if it's something I can do. Right now even applying for a mortgage is 6 months out due to bankruptcy and just starting my job. This is motivating me to start a saving plan, otherwise I've just been living hand to mouth really. I can cut corners and put money aside.

Also my brother has friends who can do repairs for less money. I know if big things break like water heaters, etc. That could be a problem. But my brother works for a company where I can get most appliances at cost. I have credit cards, and am building my savings. If goes according to my plan I can have about 9K in two years saved. Starting this month.
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