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Buyers don’t need to put 20 percent down

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2018 | Residential Real Estate |

California residents need to spend 37 years on average to save up a down payment of 20 percent on a home. Throughout the nation, it would take a person 20 years on average to do so. However, it may be possible to buy a home without putting 20 percent down. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the median down payment across the country was 10 percent.

Among those who bought their first home in 2017, 61 percent made a down payment of 6 percent or less. In some cases, it was possible to get a mortgage with no down payment at all. This may be done through a combination of grants and a seller agreeing to cover closing costs. Home loans offered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) may also allow a person to buy a home without putting as much down at closing.

It is important to note that access to grants and FHA loans may be subject to income and credit verification. Those who don’t put 20 percent down will pay a mortgage insurance premium. This premium helps to protect lenders in the event that a borrower defaults on the loan. Although premiums were set to be reduced by the FHA, this is now in doubt because of actions taken by the Trump administration.

Those who are looking to buy a residential property may have many options when it comes to how the purchase is financed. This may provide flexibility to buyers who may have average credit scores or want to preserve their savings. An attorney may review the terms of a mortgage contract to help a buyer better understand what it says and what the client is agreeing to by signing it.