BUYING A FIRST HOME: A LITTLE GUIDANCE
Let’s face it – the benefits of homeownership are well-known. But for first-time homebuyers, mailing a check once a month isn’t the problem; it’s the closing costs, down payment, mortgage insurance that can sometimes be frightening.
Choose What’s Right For You
There are many low down payment options available for first time homebuyers who do not have tens of thousands of dollars to go toward purchasing their first home. Understanding the impact of a lower down payment is where many buyers do not get the correct guidance.
For example, many fail to recognize that the down payment has a ripple effect throughout the mortgage loan’s term, which can last up to 30 years in some cases. Generally (but not always!), the higher the down payment, the lower the interest rate.
Ideally, this down payment is equal to or greater than 20 percent of the home’s purchase price. Anything below that will require additional mortgage insurance, which obviously increases the size of that monthly mortgage payment. However, depending on your circumstances, there may be products or programs with no mortgage insurance with less than 20 percent down.
Closing costs can be thought of in two categories — recurring and non-recurring.
Recurring closing costs consist of homeowner’s insurance and property taxes. Property taxes fluctuate based on the political climate and financial situation of the jurisdiction in which the property is located, as does the price of homeowner’s insurance. Property in high-density urban neighborhoods usually costs more to insure than rural or suburban homes because of crime and the threat of fire spreading from building to building.
Non-recurring closing costs include the fees directly related to the real estate transaction itself, including credit report fees, recorder’s fees, notary fees, and title insurance you obtain through a title company or attorney.
If you’re looking to ditch your landlord, you need a trusted mortgage broker to hold your hand through this sometimes headache-inducing process. Contact Co/LAB Lending today, and we’ll be with you every step of the way!
First-time Homebuyer Loan Programs
Some of the first-time homebuyer loan programs that you will want to make sure you understand are:
- FHA Mortgages
- FHA 203K Streamline Mortgages
- USDA Mortgages
- 3% Down HomeReady® Mortgage
One of the loan originators at Co/LAB Lending would be happy to sit down with you and discuss which of the above options could help you get into your first home, with programs available for no down payment or 3.5% down payment.