Building Your Down Payment

Lots of borrowers can qualify for various loan programs, but they can't afford a large down payment. Do you want to buy a new house, but don't know how to get together a down payment?

Slash your budget and build up savings. Look for ways to reduce your expenditures to save toward a down payment. You might also try enrolling in an automatic savings plan at your bank to automatically have a predetermined portion of your paycheck transferred into your savings account. Some effective methods to build up funds include moving into less expensive housing, and skipping your vacation for a year or two.

Work more and sell things you do not need. Try to get an additional job. This can be exhausting, but the temporary difficulty can help you get your down payment. In addition, you can make an exhaustive list of things you can sell. Unworn gold jewelry can be sold at local jewelers. A closetful of small things could add up to a nice sum at a garage or tag sale. Also, you might want to look into selling any investments you own.

Borrow from a retirement plan. Explore the details of your individual plan. Many homebuyers get down payment money by withdrawing funds from their IRAs or getting money out of 401(k) plans. Be sure you comprehend the tax ramifications, repayment terms, and possible penalties for withdrawing early.

Ask for a generous gift from your family. First-time buyers are often lucky enough to receive help with their down payment help from giving parents and other family members who are eager to help get them in their own home. Your family members may be inclined to help you reach the goal of having your own home.

Research housing finance agencies. Special loan programs are extended to homebuyers in certain circumstances, such as low income buyers or people looking to renovating homes in a certain part of town, among others. With the help of this type of agency, you may be given an interest rate that is below market, down payment assistance and other incentives. These types of agencies may help eligible buyers with a lower rate of interest, help with your down payment, and provide other benefits. These non-profit agencies were established to build up community in specific places.

Explore no-down and low-down mortgage loans.

  • FHA mortgages

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), plays an important part in helping low and moderate-income buyers get mortgages. An office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD), FHA (Federal Housing Administration) helps individuals get FHA provides mortgage insurance to the private lenders, making the buyers eligible for financing. Down payment sums for FHA loans are less than those with conventional mortgage loans, even though these loans have current rates of interest. Closing costs may be included in the mortgage, while your down payment might be as low as 3% of the total amount.

  • VA loans

    With a guarantee from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a VA loan qualifies veterens and service people. This particular loan requires no down payment, has limited closing costs, and provides the advantage of a competitive rate of interest. While the VA doesn't actually provide the mortgage loans, it does certify eligibility to qualify for a VA mortgage.

  • Piggy-back loans

    A piggy-back loan is a second mortgage that you close along with the first. Generally the piggyback loan takes care of 10 percent of the home's amount, and the first mortgage finances 80 percent. Rather than the usual 20 percent down payment, the buyer just has to pull together the remaining 10 percent.

  • Carry-Back loans

    In the option of a seller "carrying back a second mortgage," the you borrow a portion of the seller's home equity.. The buyer funds most of the purchase price with a traditional mortgage program and borrows the remainder from the seller. Typically you'll pay a slightly higher interest rate with the loan from the seller.

No matter your strategy of pulling together your down payment money, the thrill of owning your own home will be just as great!

Want to discuss down payment options? Give us a call at 5623200510.

Mortgage Questions?

Do you have a question regarding a mortgage program?

Contact Information
Your Question

Reliance Mortgage Service, Inc

NMLS# 254859 DRE Lic # 0019139