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.
What Happens When Your Loan Is Sold?
Once you close on the home, it’s common for your loan to be sold. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean anything will change. Banks will often sell mortgages to other lenders to free up money. This can happen multiple times during the duration of your loan or not happen at all.