You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home.
The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders.
But there can actually be financial benefits to putting down a small down payment—as low as three percent—rather than parting with so much cash up front, even if you have the money available.
The downsides of a small down payment are pretty well known. You’ll have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance for years, and the lower your down payment, the more you’ll pay. You’ll also be offered a lesser loan amount than borrowers who have a 20-percent down payment, which will eliminate some homes from your search.
The national average for home appreciation is about five percent. The appreciation is independent from your home payment, so whether you put down 20 percent or three percent, the increase in equity is the same. If you’re looking at your home as an investment, putting down a smaller amount can lead to a higher return on investment, while also leaving more of your savings free for home repairs, upgrades, or other investment opportunities.
THE HAPPY MEDIUM
Of course, your home payment options aren’t binary. Most borrowers can find some common ground between the security of a traditional 20 percent and an investment-focused, small down payment. Your trusted real estate professional can provide some answers as you explore your financing options.
In a competitive market you’ll need to leverage every opportunity to make your offer stronger than your competitors. In these cases consider making a larger down payment to communicate to your seller that you’ve really got skin in the game and are willing and able to use your liquid capital to beat other offers to win the deal.
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Author:Donna Hickey Hansen Phone: 303-949-3393 Dated: September 11th 2018 Views: 184 About Donna: As a Realtor and real estate investor, I love finding first time home buyers, move-up buyers and inv...
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