What is a downpayment and how much do you need?
With mortgage rates at historical lows and more people than ever working from home everyone is asking how they can they purchase a house or condo.
Step 1 is getting a downpayment together. There are a range of downpayment options ranging from 0% if you are a Veteran all the way up to 25% or higher down if you want a lower loan amount.
So for example if the house you want to buy is $300,000 and you want to put 20% down you will need to have $60,000 to put toward the house.
See below for amount you would need to put down for different types of loans for a $300,000 loan
So explore all the options and programs to see how much of a downpayment you will need. If you aren’t sure you can reach out to lenders like Quicken Loans and they can help guide and ask you the right questions.
5 ways to get the money for your downpayment?
So hopefully you have some money saved, but house are freaking expensive and coming up with a downpayment is hard. Here are a few more ways you can stretch to your target number.
- Borrow from 401k – More info
- You can borrow up to $50,000 from yourself if you are lucky enough to have some money in a 401k
- The catch is that you also have to pay yourself back, with interest.
- Gift from parents or family members – More info
- Parents can gift you $30,000 for a downpayment. Anything over that and they have to pay the “Gift Tax”
- Other family members or friends can gift you $15,000 before the gift tax kicks in
- You may need to put a gift letter together to prove intent and the source of the gift money
- Buy a home with your friends or family members
- Combine forces! – You will need to put a more legal agreements in place but this is a fantastic option for certain people
- This option also helps spread the burden and risk of making the payments also.
- Save more — It’s obvious but start saving more now – Use auto transfer right after pay day from your paycheck, even if it’s a small amount. If you put $40 a paycheck (so once every 2 weeks) by the end of the year you will have saved more then $1,000 – Transfer to a high yield savings account to get as high interest as you can, like a boss.
- Is this a second home? – Cash out refinance – Ok slow down moneybags. Have you thought about taking money out your primary property. A Cash out refi is a great option you can find out if you qualify here: www.lowermybills.com
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