How much of a down payment do you base your estimated mortgage payment on?

Asked by Whetstone.jane, Knoxville, TN Tue Feb 12, 2013

I'm looking at homes to buy in Knoxville.

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Steve, Home Buyer, Knoxville, TN
Wed Feb 13, 2013
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Bill McDonald, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Crossville, TN
Tue Feb 12, 2013
This would depend on the type of loan you are wanting.

VA loans require zero down payment
USDA loans require zero down payment (have to make sure you are purchasing in an eligible area)
FHA Loans require 3.5% down payment
Conventional loans require 3% down payment

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Kathryn Burk…, Agent, Knoxville, TN
Tue Feb 12, 2013
I have a great lender that I work with here in Knoxville. Her name is Deb Applegate with Monarch Mortgage 865-693-1112.
With a credit score of 700+ you should be able to get a 97% loan, putting down 3%. The more you put down, the better interest rate you'll get. FHA loans are 96.5%.
There are a variety of loans available and she would be more than happy to run some options for you.
Let me know if I can be of any assistance in finding a home!
Kathryn Burklund, Realtor
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Caroline Holt, Agent, Knoxville, TN
Tue Feb 12, 2013
Thanks so much for your question. The estimated payment of $716.00 on this particular home is based on 20% down ($31,980). Many Internet sites like Trulia,, etc., use a 20% down payment as the standard for calculating an estimated payment. That being said, there are numerous loan options available to homebuyers, and 20% is not always required when purchasing a home. Please let me know if I may help you answer any additional questions you may have. I would be happy to schedule a showing of this home, speak with you about your real estate goals, and discuss your search criteria with you in order to identify potential properties. Please feel free to reach me by phone or text at (865) 323-1836, or by email at


Caroline Holt, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace
(865) 323-1836
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