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 Balloon Mortgage?
Shopping for a mortgage? Consider taking out a balloon mortgage, which offers low interest rates and affordable payments. A balloon mortgage is like a conventional fixed-rate mortgage in that it offers stable payments at a set interest rate over a specific number of years, but that’s where the similarity ends. Balloon mortgages don’t fully amortize, so there’s a large payment due at the end of the loan’s term. They’re not for everyone, but balloon mortgages are an ideal choice under certain circumstances.