Down Payment and Paying for Closing Costs
For many prospective home buyers, one of the biggest barriers to home ownership is having the funds for the down payment and closing costs. Buyers might consider these options for raising these funds:
- Sell or borrow against an asset. Selling an asset, such as your car, will increase the amount of money you have available. Borrowing against an asset, such as your 401(k) or insurance policy, is also acceptable as long as you qualify for the additional debt.
- Use gift funds. You may receive funds from a family member for your down payment. You will be required, however, to complete documentation that proves the money is a gift and not a loan.
- Choose a low-down-payment program. Choose from the many low-down-payment programs available today, including FHA programs and, for veterans, VA programs. Among the low-down-payment options available today are those that include secondary financing – processed, approved and closed simultaneously with the first mortgage.
- Obtain a low- or zero-point loan. This will reduce the amount of your closing costs substantially. You may be able to exchange points or closing costs for a slightly higher rate.
- Ask for seller concessions. In some cases, sellers may pay for all or part of your non-recurring closing costs or carry back financing.
- Consider non-traditional loan programs. You may be able to exchange points or closing costs for a slightly higher rate.
- Obtain down-payment and closing-cost assistance. Today there is a wide range of programs that feature lower down payments and closing-cost assistance, including city, county and state programs.
Ask your mortgage loan officer about the different loan programs he/she has available to enable you to take advantage of these strategies. Your loan officer should also be able to help you decide which best meets your needs.
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