What is my Down Payment on a house?

Posted on May 15, 2018 by



 

A question from home buyers, particularly first timers, is: “How much do I have to put down to buy a house?” The answer is: It depends. The most important of those factors will be your credit, followed by income.

Conventional loans 

These mortgages are loans obtained through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. If you have really good credit, you may be looking at a minimum down payment of 3%.

This is definitely something that first-time home buyers should be looking into when they start the financing process. With a down payment this low, you will require mortgage insurance, which, when certain conditions are met sometime in the future, can be removed.

Also, ask your mortgage professional about what is called the HomeReady mortgage program, obtained through Fannie Mae. This program caters to low-to-moderate-income borrowers and those purchasing in lower-income areas.

FHA loans

The minimum down payment with FHA programs is 3.5%. This program is ideal for borrowers whose credit scores may be on the low side.

While FHA is good for people who may be unable to qualify for conventional financing through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, the challenge here is that these loans are generally more expensive to own. This is due to the fact that you will be required to have two kinds of mortgage insurance, and, unlike in conventional mortgages, the mortgage insurance will be in place for the life of the loan.

Keep in mind that, in addition to the down payment on both of the loan types listed above, you can expect to have other outlays of cash associated with the purchase, including closing costs and some type of escrow account.

You will still be able to get seller credits to help you with these other outlays, but note: seller credits can’t be used to help you with a down payment.

 

VA loans

Veterans eligible for a VA loan can borrow 100% of the sales price, that means ZERO down payment.  There are eligibility requirements, such as,  length of time on active duty, and honorable discharge.  In addition, there are fees associated with this type of loan,  and loan limits based on geographic area, so it is best to check with your lender.

BoyCott Realty works with lenders that can provide you with loan options, call us today so that we can put you in touch with a lender, and you can start your process to home ownership.

BoyCott Realty

3600 NW 43rd Street Suite D4 Gainesville, FL 32606

Office: 352-872-5757 Text: 352-226-3020
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