Your Down Payment

Lots of folks who would like to buy a new house qualify for various loan programs, but they don't have a lot of cash to put up the standard down payment. Here are a few ways to put together a down payment

Slash the budget and build up savings. Look for ways to reduce your expenses to put away money for a down payment. Also, you can look into bank programs in which a specific portion of your take-home pay is automatically deposited into a savings account every pay period. Some practical methods to build up funds include moving into less expensive housing, and staying local for your vacation for a year or two.

Sell items you do not need and find a part-time job. Try to find an additional job. This can be rough, but the temporary difficulty can provide your down payment money. You can also get creative about the things you may be able to sell. A closetful of small things could add up to a fair amount at a garage or tag sale. Also, you might want to think about selling any investments you own.

Borrow your down payment from your retirement plan. Investigate the provisions of your retirement program. Some people get down payment money from withdrawing what they need from IRAs or taking money out of 401(k) programs. Make sure you understand the tax ramifications, repayment terms, and possible penalties for withdrawing early.

Ask for a generous gift from your family. Many homebuyers are often fortunate enough to get down payment assistance from thoughtful parents and other family members who may be prepared to help them get into their first home. Your family members may be happy at the chance to help you reach the goal of having your first home.

Learn about housing finance agencies. These types of agencies provide special mortgage loans for moderate and low income homebuyers, buyers interested in rehabilitating a home within a targeted part of the city, and additional particular kinds of buyers as specified by each agency. Working with a housing finance agency, you can get an interest rate that is below market, down payment help and other incentives. These kinds of agencies may assist you with a lower interest rate, get you your down payment, and offer other advantages. The primary goal of not-for-profit housing finance agencies is to promote the purchase of homes in targeted parts of the city.

Find out about low-down and no-down mortgages.

  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgages

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), plays an important part in aiding low and moderate-income Americans qualify for mortgages. Part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD), FHA (Federal Housing Administration) aids individuals who need to qualify for mortgage loans. FHA helps first-time buyers and others who would not be eligible for a typical mortgage loan by themselves, by offering mortgage insurance to the lenders. Down payment amounts for FHA loans are less than those of typical mortgages, even though these loans come with current rates of interest. Closing costs can be included in the mortgage, and your down payment may be as low as 3% of the total amount.

  • VA mortgage loans

    Guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, a VA loan assists veterens and service people. This specialized loan does not require a down payment, has limited closing costs, and provides the advantage of a competitive interest rate. While the mortgage loans are not actually financed by the VA, the department verfifies borrowers by providing eligibility certificates.

  • Piggy-back loans

    A piggy-back loan is a second mortgage that you close at the same time as the first. Often the first mortgage is for 80% of the cost of the home and the "piggyback" is for 10%. Rather than the usual 20 percent down payment, the buyer just has to cover the remaining 10 percent.

  • Carry-Back loans

    We a seller carries back a second mortgage, the seller loans you part of his or her home equity. The buyer funds the highest percentage of the purchase price with a traditional mortgage program and borrows the remainder from the seller. Usually you will pay a slightly higher interest rate on the loan financed by the seller.

No matter how you gather your down payment, the satisfaction of owning your own home will be just as sweet!

Need to talk about down payment options? Call us at (407) 898-7559.

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