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The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment

The Benefits of a 20% Down Payment | Simplifying The Market

If you are in the market to buy a home this year, you may be confused about how much money you need to come up with for your down payment. Many people you talk to will tell you that you need to save 20% or you won’t be able to secure a mortgage.

The truth is that there are many programs available that let you put down as little as 3%. Those who have served our country could qualify for a Veterans Affairs Home Loan (VA) without needing a down payment.

These programs have cut the savings time that many families would need to compile a large down payment from five or more years down to a year or two. This allows them to start building family wealth sooner.

So then, why do so many people believe that they need a 20% down payment to buy a home? There has to be a reason! Today, we want to talk about four reasons why putting 20% down is a good plan, if you can afford it.

1. Your interest rate will be lower.

Putting down a 20% down payment vs. a 3-5% down payment shows your lender/bank that you are more financially stable, thus a good credit risk. The more confident your bank is in your credit score and your ability to pay your loan, the lower the rate they will be willing to give you.

2. You’ll end up paying less for your home.

The bigger your down payment, the lower your loan amount will be for your mortgage. If you are able to pay 20% of the cost of your new home at the start of the transaction, you will only pay interest on the remaining 80%. If you put down a 5% down payment, the extra 15% on your loan will accrue interest and end up costing you more in the long run!

3. Your offer will stand out in a competitive market!

In a market where many buyers are competing for the same home, sellers like to see offers come in with 20% or larger down payments. The seller gains the same confidence that the bank did above. You are seen as a stronger buyer whose financing is more likely to be approved. Therefore, the deal will be more likely to go through!

4. You won’t have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

Simply put, PMI is “an insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage. It’s a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that is required for all conforming, conventional loans that have down payments less than 20%.”

As we mentioned earlier, when you put down less than 20% to buy a home, your lender/bank will see your loan as having more risk. PMI helps them recover their investment in you if you are unable to pay your loan. This insurance is not required if you are able to put down 20% or more.

Many times, home sellers looking to move up to a larger or more expensive home are able to take the equity they earn from the sale of their house to put down 20% on their next home.

If you are looking to buy your first home, you will have to weigh the benefits of saving a 20% down payment vs. the time and cost of continuing to rent while you save that amount.

Bottom Line

If your plan for your future includes buying a home and you’re already saving for your down payment, let’s get together to help you decide what down payment size best fits with your long-term plan!

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Joseph Garcia

https://www.dfweliteliving.com

Joseph Garcia is a proud native Texan, born in Lubbock, raised in San Antonio and loving Dallas. Everyday Joseph uses his more than 16 years experience in the Real Estate industry to help better serve his clients. Joseph started his career in Property Management, Apartment Locating, and Leasing, then quickly transitioned into becoming a full-time residential agent in 2007. Today, Joseph continues to focus on Residential sales and with his broad knowledge base can even assist his clients with Commercial deals.

Joseph is dedicated to helping individuals and families find their dream home and more importantly, the lifestyle they desire! What clients love about Joseph the most is his passion for life and​ ​outgoing personality. When it comes to marketing and selling homes "JoJo Sells" uses the power of Social Media to move homes quickly.

​Joseph also prides himself in making sure each deal gets to the closing table​ no matter how difficult the deal is​. He also goes above and beyond to ensure his clients find the perfect home match whether it's personal or investment. Joseph's extensive network of Real Estate professionals in Sales, Leasing, Lending, Home Inspection, Home Repair and Title make every transaction as seamless as possible.

Joseph carries the distinguished Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) Designation from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and a Global Elite Certification which provides access to a Global Real Estate Network.

Joseph completed the Metrotex Leadership Academy class of 24 and immediately after served as a ROC to mentor the Medical / Sports day of class 25. In 2015 he partnered with 5 other individuals to create and serve as the Marketing Chair for the Non-Profit Gay And Lesbian Organization of Real Estate (GALORE) to address unique Real Estate issues facing the Gay and Lesbian community. Joseph is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), as well as Young Professionals Network (YPN) & Metrotex Leadership Alumni.

He currently services as the Sales Director in the VIVO Uptown office and every day shares his vast Real Estate experience by coaching and mentoring new agents. When you're working with Joseph, you're working with not only a fun agent, but one of the best!

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