Your Down Payment

Building Your Down Payment


Many borrowers can qualify for a loan, but they don’t have a lot of money to pay a down payment. Below are a few straightforward methods that will help you get together your down payment

Tighten your belt and save. Look for ways to reduce your monthly expenditures to set aside money for a down payment. You might also try enrolling in an automatic savings plan to have a portion of your pay automatically deposited into your savings account. You could look into some big expenses in your budget that you can give up, or trim, at least temporarily. For example, you might decide to move into less expensive housing, or stay local for your annual vacation.

Work a second job and sell items you don’t need. Try to get an additional job. This can be rough, but the temporary difficulty can provide your down payment money. Additionally, you can make an exhaustive list of items you may be able to sell. Unworn gold jewelry can be sold at local jewelers. Multiple small items may add up to a nice sum at a garage or tag sale. You might also look into what any investments you have will sell for.

Tap into your retirement funds. Explore the details for your particular plan. It is possible to take out money from a 401(k) plan for you down payment or withdraw from an IRA. Be sure you are knowledgeable about any penalties, the effect this will have on your taxes, and repayment terms.

Ask for help from generous family members. First-time buyers are often lucky enough to receive down payment help from gracious parents and other family members who are anxious to help get them in their own home. Your family members may be willing to help you reach the milestone of having your first home.

Learn about housing finance agencies. Provisional mortgage loan programs are offered to buyers in specific circumstances, such as low income buyers or homebuyers looking to remodel homes in a particular neighborhood, among others. With the help of this kind of agency, you may get an interest rate that is below market, down payment assistance and other incentives. These types of agencies can help you with a reduced rate of interest, get you your down payment, and provide other advantages. The principal purpose of non-profit housing finance agencies is to promote home ownership in certain parts of the city.

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

  • FHA mortgage loansThe Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), plays an important role in aiding low to moderate-income individuals qualify for mortgage loans. Part of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD), FHA (Federal Housing Administration) helps individuals get FHA provides mortgage insurance to the private lenders, enabling homebuyers who might not qualify for a conventional mortgage, to receive a mortgage. Interest rates for an FHA loan typically feature the current interest rate, but the down payment requirements with an FHA loan will be lower than those of conventional loans. Closing costs might be covered by the mortgage, while your down payment might be as low as 3% of the purchase price.
  • VA mortgage loansVA loans are guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Service persons and veterans can receive a VA loan, which typically offers a competitive rate of interest, no down payment, and minimal closing costs. While the VA does not finance the loans, it does certify eligibility to qualify for a VA mortgage.
  • Piggy-back loansYou can fund a down payment using a second mortgage that closes with the first. Usually the piggyback loan is for 10 percent of the home’s amount, and the first mortgage finances 80 percent. Instead of the usual 20 percent down payment, the buyer will just have to cover the remaining 10 percent.
  • Carry-Back loansIn a “carry back” agreement, the seller commits to lend you part of his own equity to assist you with your down payment money. The buyer finances the majority of the purchase price through a traditional mortgage program and finances the remaining funds with the seller. Typically you will pay a somewhat higher interest rate with the loan financed by the seller.

The satisfaction will be the same, no matter how you manage to get together your down payment. Your new home will be well worth it!

Want to discuss down payment options? Call us at (619) 226-3234.
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