Whether or not purchasing a home in 2019 is on your list of aspirations, this article may shed a ray of light on your resolutions.Although you are not wrong for assuming the widely circulated piece of information stating you need a 20% down payment in order to purchase a home — it’s most certainly not true, and as a matter of fact, the majority of first time home buyers put down far less than that (and as little as 3%). Thanks to the American values of achieving the dreams of home ownership, over the years there has been a variety of loan programs put in place which have made it possible for home buyers to achieve their goals.
*The downfall of an FHA loans is mortgage insurance (or MI), which lasts for the life of the loan and comes in two phases. 1. A price paid at closing (usually about 1% of the loan amount) and 2. Monthly payments which are tacked on to the mortgage amount for the ‘insurance’ portion (which can add on up to a few hundred extra dollars). Although these extra costs are not small amounts, the FHA loan program a golden entrance ticket for those with low credit scores and/or high debt ratios.
Conventional Loans: The news gets a little sweeter with these loans as this specific loan program is available to both first time and repeat home buyers and offers as little as 3% down as long as you have an above average credit score (620+). Other benefits of this conventional loan program include are 1. that the mortgage insurance drops off after you reach 20% in equity and 2. it does not entail additional closing fees upon purchase. This loan program is an automatic go to for those with good credit and have a debt to income ratio 45% or below.
VA Loans: For my military people out there – these loans are gold as they combine the benefits of 0% down payment, no mortgage insurance, and reduced closing costs. Let me know if this you and I would be happy to introduce you to a qualified VA lender.