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.
Two Homes On One Property: 7 Tips on Getting a Mortgage Under Uncommon Circumstances
Seven tips on getting a mortgage under uncommon circumstances will help you purchase two homes on one property. Purchasing a property with two homes may be a challenge when it comes time to get it financed. Since the value of a property is based on current prices of comparative homes on the market and sold homes, finding a comparable to compare to can be difficult with two homes on one property. Even appraisers find a property with two homes more difficult to valuate and if the property has outbuildings, even though they have value, may not be able to be included in the final valuation that will go to the lender.