How To Get A Mortgage If You’re Not A US Citizen
If you were born outside the US and want to become a homeowner, here’s what challenges to expect and how to overcome them. Citizenship is not necessary to purchase property nor is it necessary to qualify for a home loan. However, getting a loan if you aren’t a “traditional borrower” can prove to be difficult. Here are a few difficulties you may face when trying to find a mortgage loan as an non-citizen, and what to do.
The Low Down on Down Payments
DETERMINE YOUR DOWN PAYMENT - Don't make the mistake of looking at all your assets and concluding that’s how much you have for your down payment. First, set aside 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price for closing costs. Then, set aside an additional $5,000 to $10,000 (depending on where you live) for relocation expenses, moving costs, furniture and short-term improvements, and unforeseen costs.