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 HARP Mortgage?
Is your current mortgage underwater? Discover how a HARP refinance can help you to refinance your loan and keep your home. What is a HARP mortgage? In response to the number of foreclosures after the housing bubble burst in 2008, the Federal Housing Finance Agency started the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). This program was designed to help homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments but are unable to refinance since the amount owed on the loan is more than the value of their home, known as “underwater.” The HARP program is set to expire at the end of 2016 unless Congress intervenes, but that still leaves plenty of time for eligible homeowners to refinance their homes.