Buying a home with little money down

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So you are looking to buy a home with as little down as possible. You have some savings, and would like to wait to save more money, but circumstances are speeding up the time frame on when you need to buy a home. Maybe you need a bigger home for your growing family. Perhaps you are moving into a new city for work. Regardless of the circumstances, you need to buy a home now.

Unless you qualify for a VA or USDA loan, you’ll need to make a small down payment. Then what about closing costs, prepaids, etc.? Let’s take a look at the minimum down payment and ways to cover the other costs of buying a home.

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While the seller can give money toward paying a buyer’s closing costs and prepaid items (more on that in a moment), the seller cannot give any money toward the down payment. The down payment itself can be as little as a 3.5% down payment using an FHA loan, or 5% if using a conventional loan.

What if you don’t have the down payment today? One option could include borrowing money from retirement accounts. Most retirement accounts allow for you to borrow money without penalty to long as you are buying a home AND you pay the money back into the retirement account. Another option would be to get a gift from a relative/acceptable gift source for the loan program.

Using one of those options (or a combination of them) will take care of the down payment, now let’s focus on finding ways to pay the closing costs (costs associated with buying a home/getting a loan) and prepaids (insurance and property taxes on the home).

As mentioned earlier in this post, the seller can contribute money toward paying your closing costs and prepaid items. The exact amount depends on the purchase price and loan program. FHA loans allow the seller to contribute up to 6% of the purchase price toward closing costs and prepaids. Conventional loans allow 3% of the purchase price when making the minimum down payment.

Another option would be doing a no closing cost loan. Between these two options (seller paying money toward closing costs and prepaids AND doing a no closing cost loan), we can get closing cost and prepaids covered.

As you can see, there are several options available to help someone buy a home without having a lot of assets at the start of the loan program. The best option is to work to save money up prior to making the home purchase, but sometimes “life happens” and you buy a home sooner rather than later.

This is why you need to work with the professionals at Dunwoody Mortgage Services. We can use any one or combination of the options outlined in this post to help get you into your new home sooner rather than later. If you are looking to buy in Georgia, contact me today to get started. We can talk about options, go through the prequalification process, and get you ready to buy your next home!

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