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Amanda, Home Buyer in Cherrytown, NY

Are there any condos in nyc or brooklyn that allow 5% or 10% down?

Asked by Amanda, Cherrytown, NY Thu Jan 10, 2013

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Joana Filgueiras, PA’s answer
For condos you usually need 10% or more down, it depends on the financials and occupancy of the buildings, and also, on your credit and pre-qualification. 5% nowadays is only for FHA (which is actually 3.5% down) but many condos are not approved for FHA. New York does have some that seem to be FHA approved.
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Condos in general only require 10% down. However, most lenders will not lend more than 80%. As far as 5% down, a condo that is on the FHA-approved list would fit that bill. Those would be in rather new developments, as it is only on newer ones that had a back-up of inventory during the downtown where the sponsor would have gone through the time and expense of getting approval for FHA financing by buyers.

Jenet Levy
Halstead Property, LLC
212 381-4268
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Hi Amanda. Here's my read on your question. First, check Ms. Brocco's link below for FHA approved Condo buildings. That will give you proper info as to who would allow a 5% or lower deposit. Second, go to a Mortgage professional and get yourself pre-qualified for a loan and ask them about first time buyer programs and FHA approved buildings and financing. Third, get yourself a Broker to help you navigate the purchase process, you'll need one. Now, you can also go with option three first. The broker will arrange for you to get pre-q'd, they'll also check into the buildings and what may be available. They'll also set up all appointments.

The reaility is this, obviously you are trying to do this on a shoestring. I don't know what your work or credit history is. I don't know what type of assets you have or your income or if you're getting a cash gift from someone for your downpayment. You wll need to consider closing costs and some amount of post closing liquidity. I strongly advise you work with an experienced real estate professional. Good luck.
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Providing the condo FHA approved, and there isn't that many, you can put down as little as 3.5%, and of course you would also have to be mortgage eligible.
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Condos may allow 10% down but will the banks LEND you 90%? This is very important to find out before you begin your search. If you're looking for a building that will take 5% or less, you need to search out that allow FHA loans.


Nick Rafello, SVP
Associate Broker
The Cororan Group
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For FHA approved condos see link https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/condlook.cfm
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It is not so much as whether the condo association allows 5 - 10% down but rather if you can find a lender that will write a loan with 5 to 10% down.

Check with your lender about a FHA home loan. These allow first time home buyers buy a home with less than 3.5% down (and most of your closing costs and fees can be included in the loan).

Simon Campbell - http://www.bankforeclosuressale.com
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