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Low- and No- Downpayments

Low- and No- Downpayments

Looking for your first home? Now is the time to buy!

Let us show you low- and no- downpayment options today.

Great news! With the many options now available for qualified buyers, you may be able to buy a home sooner than you ever thought possible. Below are 5 mortgage programs that require little or no money down:

1.“97% LTV” Conventional Loans: The 3% Solution!

  • For 1-unit principal residences only, including condos!1
  • Fixed-rate mortgage with maximum 30-year term
  • Loan limits: $484,350 in most counties
  • Down payment and reserves may come as a gift from an eligible donor2

See us to compare the cost of a conventional loan vs. FHA loan:

Conventional 97% LTV3  FHA
3% downpayment minimum    3.5% downpayment minimum
No upfront mortgage insurance premium    Requires upfront mortgage insurance premium
Monthly mortgage insurance can be terminated Most FHA loans require monthly mortgage insurance for the life of the loan

Now available for qualified buyers: the new Freddie Mac Home Possible® Mortgage offers reduced rates on private mortgage insurance for low- to moderate-income borrowers.

2. FHA Loans: Downpayments as low as 3.5%

Federal Housing Agency (FHA) loans have the benefit of a low downpayment. Be certain to compare the overall costs of all loan products, including the monthly and long-term costs and conditions of the required mortgage insurance. FHA loans require both an annual Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) and an Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP).

On January 26, 2015, FHA reduced the annual MIP4 that new borrowers will pay by half of a percent. This action is expected to lower the cost of housing for the approximately 800,000 households who use FHA annually.5 For example, on a 30-year fixed mortgage loan with a principal balance of $200,000, the savings to the borrower could be $1,000 a year.  

3. Conventional Loans: Downpayments as low as 5% PLUS Gift Funds allowed

Qualified first-time and move-up borrowers may be able to get a conventional loan for as little as a 5 percent down. In addition, the funds needed to complete the transaction may come from a personal gift from an acceptable donor. This may include funds for all or part of the downpayment, closing costs, or financial reserves.6

4. VA Loans: 0% downpayment

Veterans, active-duty service personnel, and reservists deserve to live the American dream that they help protect. Features of the VA loan program include:

  • Up to 100% financing for qualified borrowers
  • Choice of fixed-rate or adjustable-rate products
  • Funds for down paymentplus all closing costscan come entirely from gifts, grants and waivers

5. USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan Program: 0% downpayment

If you’ve been house hunting in an outlying area, a “Rural Housing” loan is designed to create opportunities for those with limited savings or modest incomes.7 There are no minimum down payment or cash reserve requirements, and closing costs may be financed as part of the loan amount.


There are a variety of downpayment options available. It’s important to note that loans with low downpayment features may require monthly mortgage insurance which could increase the overall cost of the loan. Talk with a home mortgage consultant for additional details. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

Manufactured housing is not eligible.

2 Acceptable Gift Donors: A relative of the borrower (borrower’s spouse, child, or other dependent, or one related by blood, marriage, adoption, or legal guardianship), a fiancé, fiancée, or domestic partner.

3 Available for qualified buyers and limited cash-out refinance.

4 HUD Mortgagee Letter 2015-01, January 9, 2015

5 HUD Press Release No. 15-001

6 Subject to certain minimum borrower contribution requirements. Certain affiliation and relationship restrictions may apply. See your home mortgage consultant for specific details.

7 Credit is subject to approval. Property location and income restrictions may apply and homebuyer education may be required.

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