First Time Home Buying

By: Lane Hornung

One of the biggest questions regarding real estate is the need for a down payment. People who have purchased homes before know the ins and outs of the game and they know that a down payment makes the whole process much easier. A down payment of 20% not only gives you far more mortgage options but it also keeps the monthly payments lower and when purchasing a home for the first time that is a nice bonus to have. Owning a home is drastically unlike renting. Suddenly you become responsible for many more costs and labor that have never been your concern before. This is where many first times lose out, they fail to plan ahead for the costs that are unexpected, those ones that tend to crop up out of nowhere and catch them by surprise.

Here's the catch: getting a down payment together can be tricky.

Life in this era is expensive and it can be a real challenge to save 20% of a huge purchase. Especially if you are paying off student debt or have other financial obligations. That being said, financing 100% of a home can be an enormous undertaking and without a down payment your home options will be severely limited. In trying to arrange a down payment for a new home it's a good idea to try to take care of any outstanding credit concerns before applying for a mortgage. Your credit is a major factor in determining your eligibility for a loan. Any negative marks on your report can decrease the amount you are eligible for and serious marks can disqualify you entirely. Try to have your debts paid off before you apply for funding, it sounds difficult but it will benefit you in the long run.

Be wary of mortgage offers that sound too good to be true, most of the time they are. Educate yourself on the types of mortgage loans that are available and decide on which one suits your needs and your ability to pay. Remember to leave excess money available for the unexpected costs as well. Take the time to prepare yourself for home ownership and hopefully there will not be too many surprises.

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