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 is a Jumbo Mortgage?
If you're in need of a large mortgage loan, a jumbo mortgage that's higher than the conventional mortgage amount may be right for you. When you get a mortgage there are some options to consider. One of those options is which kind of mortgage you’re actually going to apply for. Most people choose a conventional loan, but if you’re trying to borrow a large amount of money you may not be able to get that type of mortgage. Instead, you may need a jumbo mortgage, which means that you’ll be borrowing more than $417,000. In some parts of the country where prices are very high, you’ll need to borrow more than $625,500 in order to qualify for a jumbo loan. But what is a jumbo mortgage, really, and how can it help you get the house you need? Will it cost you more in interest and other fees? The more you know about your options, the more informed decision you can make.