Listen to advertisements for mortgages and you will hear everything under the sun regarding terms. So, what exactly is a down payment for a house?
Considering today’s market prices for homes and how they have drastically risen, mortgages have become a necessity when purchasing a home. With home prices well over half a million for standard homes in many areas, almost nobody can afford to buy a home out-of-pocket. For that reason, almost every prospective homeowner looks to lenders to receive home loans or mortgages. These mortgages work by the lender basically buying the home for you and owning the home until you slowly buy it from the bank with monthly payments. The percentage you own is based on how much the value of the home rises after you buy the home and how much of the loan you have paid off.
The primary way to consider your stake in the home, and also to receive a better mortgage deal, is to offer a down payment on the home. Down payments are money that you put towards the cost of the home, meaning it lowers the amount the lender puts towards the home. Down payments work for you two-fold. For one, they increase the total amount of the home you owe from day one, to with, the amount of equity you have in the home. Two, they also show the lender you have some money put away and they will be willing to offer you better rates considering how much you can put down. In general, the worst rates are for no down payment loans and you can receive the best rates, as much as 2 to 3 percent less in interest, by putting around 20 percent of the home’s value as a down payment. If you have poor credit, you can get nervous lenders to issue a loan if you put down 25 percent of the sales price.
Down payments are an integral part of achieving the best mortgage possible. If you don’t have any cash put away towards the home, you are risking paying tens of thousands of dollars, if not more, in additional interest compared to what you would be paying had you set aside some money to put towards the home. All and all, it just makes sense to maximize your down payment as much as possible when purchasing a home.