Funds Required For First Time Home Buyer On Home Purchase

This BLOG On Funds Required For First Time Home Buyer On Home Purchase Was UPDATED On August 1, 2017

Are you a first time home buyer?

  • Potential home buyers who are currently renting and living paycheck to paycheck often think that becoming a homeowner is a dream.
  • Many believe that they do not qualify for a mortgage due to not having good credit and a substantial down payment. 
  • Many renters do not realize that people do not need perfect credit to qualify for a mortgage.
  • Many do not realize that owning a home can be possible with 3.5% down payment and no closing costs.
  • There are creative options where most renters can become homeowners.

Minimum Funds Required For First Time Home Buyer On Home Purchase

With the exception of VA Loans and USDA Loans, all loan programs require down payment. There are also closing costs on every real estate purchase and/or refinance transaction.  FHA loan  programs is the most popular loan program in the United States where only 3.5% down payment is required.

  • There are many cases where home buyers will not even need the full 3.5% down payment if they structure the purchase real estate contract correctly. 
  • However, home buyers do need to show that they have the 3.5% down payment money in the bank and that the funds be seasoned for at least two months. 
  • In the event if home buyers do not have the full 3.5% down payment, FHA allows the full 3.5% down payment to be gifted by a family member.

Closing Costs Funds Required For First Time Home Buyer On Home Purchase

Besides the 3.5% down payment, a first time home buyer will need to come up with closing costs to close on the home purchase.

  • However,  the home buyer can get a seller’s concession towards the buyer’s closing costs so the buyer does not have to pay a single penny in closing costs. 
  • Seller’s concessions towards closing costs can also be applied to the buyer’s prepaid closing costs ( property tax and insurance escrows ). 
  • A buyer can get the full amount of the closing costs from the seller’s concession including escrows.

Lender’s Credit Towards Closing Costs To First Time Home Buyer

In the event the seller is not willing to give the buyer a seller’s concession, the buyer can get a lender’s credit towards closing costs in lieu of accepting a slightly higher mortgage rate.

  • The maximum amount of seller’s concessions allowed on FHA and USDA loans is 6% for FHA loans and 3% for conventional loans. 
  • VA Loans allow up to 4% in sellers concessions.
  • Seller’s concessions cannot be used towards down payments. 
  • Any unused portion of seller’s concession must be returned to the seller so it is best to structure the seller’s concession the right way when preparing the real estate purchase contract.

Property Tax Prorations

Certain states like the state in Illinois, property taxes are paid in arrears. Home Buyers in Illinois will also receive property tax prorations on their home purchase by sellers.

  • All property taxes are paid in arrears so the seller will owes home buyers the previous year property tax payment at closing. 
  • Will all closing costs covered via seller’s concession or lender’s credit including prepaid closing costs ( escrows ), the tax prorations credit can be used to offset the 3.5% down payment. 
  • Many times the tax prorations are large enough to cover the full 3.5% down payment. 
  • Home Buyers who are lucky enough may be able to own a home with very little to no down payment. 
  • Again, the 3.5% down payment needs to be shown and proven that mortgage borrowers have it even though they might not use all of it.  
  • An experienced seasoned realtor can help structure the real estate purchase the right way to benefit with putting down as little money as possible on home purchase.

2017 Update For First Time Home Buyers

A first time home buyer can now qualify for a conventional loan with a 3% down payment.

  • The 3% down payment conventional loan program is for first time home buyer only or home buyers who did not own a home for the past three years. 
  • Standard conventional loan programs require 5% down payment on a conventional home purchase mortgage loan.

Related> 2015 Down Payment Guidelines For First Time Home Buyers

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