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What If You Can't Make A Twenty Percent Down Payment On Your Mortgage?

Nov 28, 2007
Buying a new home these days can seem overwhelming. All over the nation prices of homes and real estate are sky-rocketing. With the price of homes rising, it seems to be more difficult to pay a 20% or even 15% down payment, which is the general requirement of most lenders. This is even more difficult for first time buyers. So what happens if you really can not afford a large down payment or even a small one? Luckily, there are a few options for you.

Many banks will allow you either a no-down or low-down payment. This seems like a good idea up front, but at the same time could end up costing you more money in the end. When you pay little or no down payment, your monthly payments will be larger because you are borrowing more money from the bank. They will also require that you pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). This protects the lender from loss in case you default your loan or cant make all the payments. Make sure that your rates will not be changing. If your loan has a fixed rate then you will not need to worry because they are set. But, if your loan has an adjustable rate and the interest rate goes up, that means your monthly payments will too. Make sure that you will be able to afford that if the situation arises.

Sometimes buyers purchase a home thinking that if they can not afford their high mortgage payments they will just sell the house and live off the equity or the gain they make by selling it. You should never go into a mortgage with that train of thought because there is no guarantee that the home will gain value.

Jumping into a mortgage that looks like a good deal is never a good thing either. Every day you get offers in the mail, on the phone and via the internet. Make sure that you are looking at all the details before signing any paperwork and making any deals. Pay extra attention when they offer little or no down payment. They may seem like good offers at first glance, but most of them will require both private mortgage insurance and have incredibly high monthly payments.

Before picking out a loan from a lender, you should always take a step back and ask yourself how much are willing to pay in monthly payments. You could try putting a monthly amount away from each paycheck minus your rent. Is it achievable? Then you can start looking for a mortgage. Are you able to save some money for a few months in order to pay a 15% down payment? What about a 10% down payment? If you can pay more up front it will make the monthly payments lower and reduce the amount of the entire mortgage.

Keep in mind that every little bit counts for something. If you are trying to save money every month and it is just not working out, than maybe you should wait for a while to apply for a mortgage until you are really ready. Look at all your options and dont give up until you find what you are looking for.
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