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  • Saving For a Mortgage Down Payment

     

    Even though many lenders that offer programs to assist buyers without a mortgage down payment, it is still a good idea to save up as much as you can.  Having a mortgage down payment benefits you in many ways.

    The more you have for a mortgage down payment, the more you can afford to pay for a home.  Let’s say for example, that based on your income and debt level you are able to borrow $100,000 from a lender.  That means you can afford a home that is priced at $100,000 or lower.  If you were to have a $10,000 down payment on your home, you would be able to purchase a home priced at $100,000.

    Not only does a higher mortgage down payment allow you to purchase a higher priced home, it can also reduce the amount of money that you spend each month on your mortgage payment.  “How is that?” you ask.  Lenders have found that there is a higher rate of mortgage default by home buyers that a mortgage down payment that is less than 20 percent of the sale price.  This means that on a home priced at $100,000, your mortgage down payment was less than $20,000.

    For extra protection, the lender requires that you pay private mortgage insurance each month.  This insurance premium increases the amount of money you pay each month.  You must pay this insurance until you have 20 percent equity in your home, or in this case $20,000.

    Saving for a mortgage down payment doesn’t come naturally, especially if you aren’t used to saving money in your current financial situation.  With some adjustments to your spending, you can easily put aside some funds to use toward your mortgage down payment.

    To figure out how you can start saving money, you have to first analyze your current spending.  Take some time to document your current income and spending each month.  As you examine your spending habits, look for ways that you can decrease the amount of money that leaves your budget each month.  This might call for some lifestyle changes and sacrifices on your part.

    There are a few necessities that you cannot cut out of your budget, this includes the cost of housing, transportation, medication, food, and utilities.  Even within these necessities, you can find ways to spend less money.  For example, the kind and amount of food you eat can have an affect on your budget.  You can consume less power to reduce your monthly power bill.

    Outside those items that are necessary for living, you can look for ways to cut down on spending.  Cable television might be something you can cut out of your budget.  Pay close attention to leisure and impulse spending.

    Once you’ve determined how you can reduce your spending, the next step is to start saving.  Calculate the amount you plan to cut on spending and start putting this money into a savings account each month.  The earlier you start saving, the more you will be able to save up for a mortgage down payment.

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