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Down Payment

A down payment is a percentage of your home's purchase price that you pay up front when you close your home loan.

Your Down Payment

Many borrowers can qualify for a mortgage loan, but they can't afford a large down payment. Here are a few straightforward ways to get together your down payment

Tighten your belt and save. Scrutinize the budget to discover extra money to go toward your down payment. You may also decide to enroll in an automatic savings plan at your bank to have a portion of your pay automatically deposited into savings. Some effective approaches to put together funds include moving into less expensive housing, and staying local for your vacation this year.

Borrow from retirement funds. Research the details for your particular plan. You may be able to take out money from a 401(k) for a down payment or get a withdrawal from an Individual Retirement Account. Make sure you comprehend the tax consequences, your obligation for repaying funds, & possible early withdrawal penalties. Consult your financial and/or tax advisor and appropriate government agencies for any effect this has on taxes & government benefits.

Request a generous gift from your family. First-time buyers are sometimes fortunate enough to receive down payment assistance from thoughtful parents and other family members who may be eager to help get them in their own home. Your family members may be pleased to help you reach the milestone of having your own home.

Contact housing finance agencies. Provisional loan programs are provided to buyers in specific circumstances, like low income home buyers or home buyers planning to remodel homes in a specific neighborhood, among others.

Low-down and no-down Mortgage Loan Programs

  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Mortgages
    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), plays a critical part in helping low and moderate-income buyers get mortgages. Down payment requirements for FHA mortgages are smaller than those of typical mortgages, even though these loans have current rates of interest. Closing costs might be covered by the mortgage, while your down payment may be as low as 3.5% percent of the purchase price.
  • VA Mortgage Loans
    VA loans are backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Service persons and veterans may receive a VA loan, which usually offers a low fixed interest rate, no down payment, and minimal closing costs.
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A sense of accomplishment

The feeling of accomplishment will be the same, no matter which strategy you use to get together the down payment. Your new home will be your reward!