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The lowdown on down payments

When you’re thinking of buying a home, the down payment on a mortgage can be a big hurdle. However, requirements have changed over the years and it may be easier than you think to secure a down payment for a home.

A down payment is the initial payment made to the seller when you buy a home. It is typically expressed as a percentage.


6% Down payment example:

$200,000 Purchase Price

Mortgage Loan - $188,000

Down Payment - $12,000


Here are three fast facts from the National Association of Realtors®:

  1. You don’t need a 20% down payment. Many loan programs allow you to make a much smaller down payment, or no down payment at all. In fact, 60% of homebuyers financed their purchase with a down payment of 6% — or less!*

  2. Low down payment programs help first-time and repeat buyers. Low down payment programs are available to many qualified buyers, including those who are not first-time buyers.

  3. Down payment assistance is worth checking out. Buyers with a range of income levels and credit scores may qualify for down payment assistance. Ask your mortgage lender about programs available to you.


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If you’re in the market to buy a home, our home loan specialists can help you make it happen! Contact us today at (877) 820-2265 or click the link below to see the loans we offer or to find one of our lenders to ask any questions you may have.

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* Source: National Association of Realtors®, Oct. 3, 2017.

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