When it comes to buying a house, one of the biggest hurdles for most is coming up with the down payment. Many homebuyers wonder how much they need to save for a down payment, as it can have a significant impact on their ability to secure a mortgage, the interest rate they qualify for, and their monthly mortgage payments.
A down payment is the amount of cash you pay upfront on a large purchase, like a home or car. The down payment is calculated using a percentage of the total purchase price, and most buyers will take out a loan to finance the remainder of the purchase.
Lenders may require down payments from 0% to 25% of the purchase price, depending on the loan type and the borrower (their credit score, debt-to-income, and how they will occupy the home).
Down payment requirements can vary greatly based on the type of mortgage. Let’s take a look at how conventional, FHA and doctor mortgages’ down payments differ.
Conventional loans are mortgages from private lenders that aren’t government backed. These loans require as little as 3% down (for first time home buyers) and up to 20% down (for investment purchases).
With a smaller down payment (less than 20% down), the buyer will often need to pay for private mortgage insurance, which can vary from 0.5% to 1% of the total loan amount per year.
Definition: Private mortgage insurance (PMI) – a type of mortgage insurance typically required for conventional loans with greater than 80% loan-to-value. It protects the lender if you stop making payments on your mortgage.
FHA mortgages are loans that are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that are designed to help first-time homebuyers or those with lower credit scores or income levels. FHA mortgages typically require a down payment of 3.5% of the purchase price of the home.
For a $200,000 home, the down payment would be $7,000. However, it is important to note that similar to conventional loans, borrowers will need to pay for FHA mortgage insurance, which can add to the overall cost of the loan. These loans offer greater flexibility in terms of fico and debt-to-income requirements.
Doctor mortgages are specialized loans that are available to professionals, including physicians, dentists, and veterinarians. These loans are designed to help healthcare professionals purchase a home with a smaller down payment, no PMI, and more flexibility on employment and debt-to-income ratio.
The down payment requirement for a doctor mortgage can vary depending on the lender, but it is typically around 5% to 10% of the purchase price of the home. Some doctor mortgage lenders offer 0% down payment options.
We understand the unique needs of doctors, because we are doctors ourselves. That’s why we have partnered with Primis Mortgage–to bring you excellent service in every step of the mortgage process. We all work together to help you purchase or refinance your home, on your schedule, answering any questions and making sure you have what you need to make the best decision.
This partnership aims to provide one of the best mortgages for doctors by offering competitive mortgage rates and a dedicated mortgage team that will be by your side, guiding you through each step from start to finish. You will benefit from a streamlined approach to financing with prequalification, progress updates and communication with your loan officer, all within a mobile app.
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