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.
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.