We have decided to buy a home and would qualify as 1st time buyer.My credit is good and I make a good living problem is we would only have a small

Asked by Dallas Chambers, 76643 Fri Feb 5, 2010

down payment,is there any hope of getting in a home in the range of 140 to 160,000?

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Sheryl Arndt, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Woodland Hills, CA
Sat Dec 24, 2016
You could consider a down payment assistance program such as CalHFA or Sapphire Grant which can cover your down payment and closing costs. You may close with minimal out of pocket expenses. You may consider the CalHFA from a minimum 640 fico score and the Sapphire Grant from a minimum 620 fico score.

There are income limits on some programs. Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down up to 417k. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score or even 5% down conventional with NO Mortgage insurance (Lender paid MI) up to 417k.

You may consider 5% down Jumbo with a minimum 720 fico score from 417k up to 1.5 million and 10% down from a minimum 680 fico score and up.

If you want to buy you will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. You will need to gather documentation such as one month paystubs, two month bank statements, last two year tax returns, 1040s, 1099s, W2s and all schedules, copies of drivers license/ID and social security card for each applicant.

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Sara Mehrpou…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Wed Jan 12, 2011
You should to try to get pre-approved for FHA financing, you can buy a home with as little as 3.5% downpayment.

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Vicky Spiva, , Redding, CA
Mon Nov 29, 2010
There are loans available with little or nothing down. FHA would require 3.5% down ($5,600 on a $160,000 sales price) and USDA doesn't require any down payment., FHA will allow the seller to contribute up to 6% to help pay for your closing costs and USDA has no limit on seller contributions.

There is also a California Bond loan that is a "silent 2nd" which can help with down payment. There are no monthly payments on the 2nd loan which is all due and payable in 30 years or when you refinance. That program only requires that you contribute 1% down payment and the loan would actually be 3% of the sales price so you would also have .50% to help with closing costs.

Please feel free to contact me for more information
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Annette Levi…, , New York, NY
Mon Nov 29, 2010
If you buy a HUD owned home you only need to put $100 down and they pay closing costs if you give a full offer. USDA (rural property) finances up to 100%. If you are a vet check to see if you qualify for a VA mortgage. VA mortgages do not require any down payment. FHA requires 3.5% down and the seller can pay nonrecurring closing costs.
Here is a link to an article on 16 ideas to come up with a down payment:
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Steve Tennis…, Agent, McAllen, TX
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Hey Dallas,

There are ways to do it.

USDA program is one if the area you are looking in qualifies.

FHA is going to require 3 1/2 to 5 percent depending on your credit

Conventional is going to ask for 5 to 10% down.

With that being said, there are still ways to do it, but you really need to sit down with a mortgage broker and have them run through which would make the best sense for you.
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Spencer Janke…, Agent, Cottonwood Heights, UT
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Find a local professional, the process seems overwhelming at times, but if you have a good Real Estate broker they can walk you through the process step by step.. It always helps to have someone show you the ropes. Both of the other responses are acurate, but i would still get a local expert in your area.. They will explain in detail how to go about purchasing your first home..
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Fri Feb 5, 2010
You could do an FHA loan with 3.5% down-- however, why not visit with a qualified loan officer(s) see exactly what your budget can handle--he/she will be your best source of advice--then choose an agent--also keep in mind in order to qualify for the tax credit, you need to be in contract by April 30, 2010 and close by the end of June.
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Mark LeMenag…, Agent, Lake Nona Orlando, FL
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Hi Dallas,

With the USDA program you can borrow up to 100%. Ask a local realtor to help you out.

Good luck,
Mark LeMenager
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