Saving for a Down Payment to
Buy a Home
You used to have had to put at least 20% down on homes. Today, there are many programs that
don't require you to save money for a down payment.
There are many programs available that help you with your down payments. These programs are called Down Payment Assistant programs. Many cities also have grant money available if you meet the specific guidelines.
The amount you are able to put away for a down payment savings account is now as important as making sure that you do it regularly.
You may have to start small. Even if you only save $20 from every paycheck, you are off to a good start. As your income increases, or you are able to cut expenses, you will be able to increase the amount of money you are able to devote to saving.
Getting in the habit of saving a portion of your income on a regular basis will help you for years to come.
FHA insured loans only require 3% down payment and are very flexible about the source of your 3% down payment. Some FHA lenders will allow grant programs for the 3% down.
A gift of funds from a family member can often be used for the down payment. Both the borrower and the family member must provide evidence that the funds are a gift and no repayment is required. They must also show that the family member had the funds to give and they were not borrowed.
Saving for a down payment may be unnecessary with the many loan programs being offered today. However, a down payment may save you money in the long run because lenders associate higher risks to borrowers that have little equity in their home. The lender usually sets rates higher as the loan to value increases or they require PMI which is costly. So, a having a down payment may mean more money upfront but may save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
There are many different strategies you can follow to save money. A simple one to start with is to shop around for insurance or some other monthly bill. Try and cut down on those monthly expenses then whatever money you would be saving by the changes you make put into a savings account. A similar plan can be used when you get a raise. What ever the difference is increase is in your paycheck, have automatically deposited into a different savings account.
You can use up to $10,000 from an IRA for a down payment penalty free or most employers will allow you to borrow against a 401k plan if you do not have the necessary funds to put down on a mortgage but you may not need any money down if you have a satisfactory credit history or rent history.
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Make a plan to save and stick to it. To reach your goal, you'll need discipline and determination. You'll also need a budget. It's a good idea to track all your expenses in detail for a month or two. After tracking your expenses, you should end up with a good idea of where your money is going, and where you might be able to cut back in order to save money for a down payment on a home.
Another option for young couples to utilize for a down payment for a new home together is to set-up a savings account and add it to your bridal registry. Make sure you keep a record of who contributes to the savings account, you will can include this as a gift fund for most mortgage programs, you will just need to show that no one who contributed has anything to gain by the purchase of the property, (the people who contribute can't be the seller, the mortgage broker, the realtors, etc.)
If you have never purchased a home before you can withdraw your 401k for the down-payment. You will not be penalized.
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