Buying a new home is very exciting. Besides selecting the perfect neighborhood and making sure you get the best house for you and your family, there are lots of financial things to take into consideration. One of the most important things to plan for is your down payment. Home loans come in all shapes and sizes. Let’s go over the most common top three options borrowers choose.
Down Payment Option One – 3.5%
One of the least expensive ways to get into a new home is by taking advantage of an FHA (Federal Housing Administration) government loan. This type of mortgage only requires that you put 3.5% down. On a $250,000, that’s only $8,750, which makes getting into a home extremely affordable, especially for first-time homebuyers. One thing to keep in mind with an FHA loan is that you will have to pay monthly private mortgage insurance for the life of the loan. Private mortgage insurance (PMI) protects the lender in case of default – it’s not the same as homeowner’s insurance.