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.
Government Mortgages: Compare And Contrast To A Conventional Loan
A conventional loan is easier; a GSE loan is more convenient. In order to get the best deal on your home loan, you will most likely have to compare a conventional loan to the various government mortgages that you may be eligible for.