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Do I Need 20 Percent Down to Buy a Home?

Putting down 20 percent of a home’s sales price as a down payment is the gold standard for buyers. Not only will they have an easier time qualifying for a mortgage, they will also avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI). Borrowers who put down less than 20 percent must pay PMI, which can add substantially to their monthly mortgage payments. Read More

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Why Pay Points on a Mortgage?

When you take out a mortgage, you can lower the interest rate on the loan by purchasing points. One point is equal to 1 percent of the loan value. So, for example, on a $200,000 mortgage, 1 point would cost you $2,000, 2 points $4,000. Generally speaking, each point you pay upfront will decrease your interest rate over the life of the loan by about one-quarter of one percent. Read More

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How Much Money Do I Need for a Down Payment?


The “gold standard” for a down payment is 20 percent of the home’s purchase price. If you can afford to put down 20 percent, you will avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI). Private mortgage insurance insures the lender against possible default.

Borrowers who put down less than 20 percent are considered by lenders as higher credit and default risks. In these cases, borrowers must purchase Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), and pay for it every month along with their monthly mortgage payment. Read More

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