Alternatives to Putting 20 Percent Down on a Home

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Real Estate is said to be one of the best long term investments out there. If that’s the case, then why put off getting into a home? For some, it’s because there is a misunderstanding on what is required to buy a home. Below are a four loan types and their down-payment requirements.

Conventional
Many believe that 20% is required for this loan type, however,that isn’t true in most cases. By putting 20% down you won’t have to worry about mortgage insurance, and you would qualify for a lower rate. The minimum down payment required for this type of loan is actually just 5%. As for sourcing the funds, the full 5% down payment must come from the primary borrower.

FHA
This is a government backed loan. The minimum down payment required is 3.5%. Considering the nature of the loan, the down payment affects aspects of this loan less. Either way, you will be required to have mortgage insurance with an FHA loan. What’s the advantage to this loan then? The 3.5% can come as a gift from a relative, offering some flexibility on the savings.

VA
VA loans are done via the Department of Veterans Affairs, and allow veterans of the U.S. Armed Services access to programs other U.S. consumers do not. One such program is the no-money-down VA loan.

With 100% financing and accommodating underwriting standards, VA loans make approvals simple and offer lower rates than a comparable conventional mortgage. Additionally, VA loans require no mortgage insurance no matter how much you put down.

First Time Home Buyer

For those who qualify, there are special loan products that will allow up to 100% financing. Those loan requirements can vary by location, so we recommend getting in touch with your local mortgage loan officer to see if you qualify for 100% financing.

The easiest way to make sure you are getting the best type of loan for your situation is to sit down with one of our Mortgage Experts to help you get the home you want, at a price you can afford. You’re just a phone call away from reaching your dream of home-ownership. Visit your local branch or contact us by email at homeloans@uccu.com or by phone at 801-223-7640.

 

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