Putting Together Your Down Payment

Lots of buyers can qualify for several different kinds of mortgages, but they don't have a lot of money to put up a down payment. Want to buy a new house, but aren't sure how you should put together a down payment?

Cut expenses and save. Be on the look-out for ways to reduce your monthly expenditures to save toward a down payment. You may also decide to enroll in an automatic savings plan at your bank to automatically have a set portion of your take-home pay transferred into savings. Some practical approaches to save additional funds include moving into a residence that is less expensive, and skipping a year's vacation.

Work a second job and sell items you don't need. Look for an additional job. This can be rough, but the temporary difficulty can provide your down payment money. In addition, you can make an exhaustive list of items you may be able to sell. Unworn gold jewelry can be sold at local jewelry stores. Multiple small items could add up to a fair amount at a garage or tag sale. You can also look into what any investments you have could bring if sold.

Borrow from your retirement funds. Check the parameters of your particular program. Some people get down payment money from withdrawing from their IRAs or borrowing from their 401(k) plans. Make sure to find out about the tax ramifications, your obligation for repayment, and penalties for withdrawing early.

Request a gift from your family. First-time buyers are often fortunate enough to get help with their down payment help from caring family members who are willing to help get them in their own home. Your family members may be pleased to help you reach the goal of buying your own home.

Contact housing finance agencies. These agencies provide provisional loan programs for moderate and low income buyers, buyers with an interest in sprucing up a home within a specific part of the city, and additional groups as defined by each agency. Working with this kind of agency, you can get a below market interest rate, down payment assistance and other advantages. Housing finance agencies may help you with a reduced interest rate, help with your down payment, and provide other benefits. These non-profit agencies were established to build up the value of homes in specific places.

Find out about low-down and no-down mortgage loans.

  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgages

    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is inside the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), plays a critical part in assisting low to moderate-income families qualify for mortgage loans. Part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD), FHA (Federal Housing Administration) assists individuals in getting mortgages. FHA assists first-time buyers and others who may not be able to qualify for a conventional mortgage loan on their own, by offering mortgage insurance to private lenders. Down payment sums for FHA loans are below those with conventional mortgages, even though these mortgages come with current rates of interest. Closing costs may be covered by the mortgage, and your down payment might be as low as 3% of the total amount.

  • VA mortgage loans

    VA loans are guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterens and service people can get a VA loan, which usually offers a reasonable interest rate, no down payment, and reduced closing costs. Even though the VA does not actually finance 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 at the same time as the first. Generally the piggyback loan takes care of 10 percent of the home's price, while the first mortgage covers 80 percent. The borrower pays the remaining 10%, instead of putting the typical 20% down payment.

  • Carry-Back loans

    In a "carry back" mortgage, the seller commits to lend you a piece of his own equity to help you get your down payment funds. The buyer funds most of the purchase price through a traditional mortgage program and borrows the remaining funds from the seller. Typically 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 great!

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