Unexpected raise while househunting-- should I change my budget?
I've been house-hunting with the intention of keeping my monthly housing costs in line with what I'm currently paying in rent. I've been considering both condos and houses in the range of 360k - 500k (since my downpayment is flexible). However, I've just received a 25% raise (after having received another 25% raise less than a year ago) and I'm debating whether I should look for a more expensive home. My concerns are (1) this would lock me into a level of "lifestyle creep" before I've had a chance to live with the higher salary and (2) there may be other things I'd rather spend the raise on.
Here's an overview of my finances:
Me: 29, single/no kids
Income: 80k --> 100k, bonus 5k --> 15k
401k, Roth, employee stock all maxed: 27k/yr
Retirement (various): 185k
Taxable: 60k -- could sell for downpayment, cap gains are only 7k
Employee stock : 15k
Downpayment gift: 200k, up to 290k if needed
Current Monthly Expenses:
I've been rather frugal in certain areas and would love to be able to change certain things, within reason.
Vacations: I haven't taken a major trip in 6 years
Major purchases: Have had the same laptop for 7 years, nearly all of my furniture is hand-me-down/Ikea
Health/fitness: Mental health/fitness is a major problem area and I'd like to do therapy, trainer, classes etc
Other: Get a dog, attend more plays/concerts, etc.
Do you think it makes sense to raise my home budget (and by how much?) or should I stick to my original plan? Bonus question, should I put my taxable account toward a downpayment? Thank you!
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