Your Down Payment

Lots of people who are looking to purchase a new home qualify for several different kinds of mortgages, but they can’t afford a large down payment. Get started here

Tighten your belt and save. Be on the look-out for ways you can trim your expenses to set aside funds for a down payment. Also, you can look into bank programs through which some of your take-home pay is automatically placed into a savings account every pay period. Some effective approaches to save additional funds include moving into less expensive housing, and skipping your family vacation for a year or two.

Sell items you don’t need and get a second job. 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 put together an exhaustive list of items you can sell. Unworn gold jewelry can bring a good price from local jewelry stores. You might own collectibles you can put up for sale on an online auction, or household items for a tag or garage sale. Also, you can consider selling any investments you hold.

Borrow from retirement funds. Investigate the parameters of your particular plan. Many people get down payment money from withdrawing what they need from their IRAs or borrowing from their 401(k) programs. Make sure to find out about the tax ramifications, repayment terms, and early withdrawal penalties.

Ask for assistance from members of your family. Many homebuyers sometimes receive down payment assistance from gracious family members who may be able to help get them in their first home. Your family members may be pleased to help you reach the goal of owning your own home.

Research housing finance agencies. Special loan programs are given to homebuyers in certain circumstances, like low income purchasers or future homeowners looking to improve houses in a particular neighborhood, among others. With the help of a housing finance agency, you may get an interest rate that is below market, down payment help and other advantages. Housing finance agencies may help you with a reduced interest rate, help with your down payment, and offer other benefits. The primary goal of non-profit housing finance agencies is to promote the purchase of homes in particular places.

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

  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgages
    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), a part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), plays an important role in helping low to moderate-income families qualify for mortgages. An office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD), FHA (Federal Housing Administration) assists homebuyers who wish to qualify for home financing. FHA provides mortgage insurance to the private lenders, enabling buyers who might not be eligible for a conventional loan, to obtain home financing. Interest rates for an FHA loan are usually the current interest rate, while the down payment amounts with an FHA loan will be smaller than those of conventional loans. Closing costs might be included in the mortgage, and the down payment can be as low as 3 percent of the total.
  • VA mortgages
    Guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, a VA loan is offered to veterans and service people. This special loan requires no down payment, has minimal closing costs, and provides the benefit of a competitive rate of interest. Although the VA does not finance the loans, it does certify eligibility to apply for a VA mortgage.
  • Piggy-back loans
    A piggy-back loan is a second mortgage that closes along with the first. In most cases the first mortgage is for 80% of the cost of the home and the “piggyback” funds 10%. The homebuyer covers the remaining 10%, rather than putting the typical 20% down payment.
  • Carry-Back loans
    We a seller carries back a second mortgage, the you borrow part of the seller’s home equity.. In this scenario, you would borrow the majority of the purchase price from a traditional lender and borrow the remaining amount from the seller. Usually you’ll pay a somewhat higher interest rate on the loan financed by the seller.

The feeling of accomplishment will be the same, no matter which approach you use to get together the down payment. Your brand new home will be worth it!