Whether you are just finishing up college or have been out for a few years, getting your feet underneath you with a new career is typically priority number one! But as time moves forward some millennials could consider making a financial investment in their futures by becoming a home buyer. It’s not as intimidating as some may think.
There are many first-time home buyer programs available to first-time buyers. First-time buyer programs are designed to help new buyers achieve their goals of homeownership. At APM, we know that a first-time buyer’s down payment may need to be sourced as a gift from a family member or friend. FHA loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration, and these government-backed loans have been designed specifically to help buyers achieve their goal of homeownership. FHA loans have lower down payment requirements compared to conventional (private lender) mortgages. With an FHA loan, your down payment can be as low as 3.5 percent, and can be gifted to you from a family member or friend. Fannie Mae HomePath is a loan program that helps first-time buyers purchase Fannie Mae-owned foreclosed properties. With the HomePath program, qualifying first-time buyers can purchase a home with 5 percent down without having to pay for mortgage insurance.
The only government-backed loan program that offers 100 percent financing for all qualifying borrowers, a USDA loan is a great option for first time buyers looking for a zero down payment option. Depending on where you want to purchase your home, state or local down payment assistance programs may be available to you. Many of these programs are in the form of an interest-free, “silent” second mortgage that doesn’t need to be repaid until the house is sold, refinanced, or paid in full.
How much do you have saved for a down payment on a home? For many would-be homebuyers, saving up enough funds to cover a down payment and closing costs often feels like a monumental task. Luckily, you may be able to purchase a home with far less money down than you thought. Considering reviewing our Home Buyer’s Gift Advantage program, which allows for 100 percent of your down payment to come from gift funds to be used on a conventional or conforming fixed loan.
Credit bureaus examine your personal financial data using an algorithm, or a financial model, to determine your creditworthiness. This analysis, in theory, can predict your ability, or inability, to pay your future debts. Understandably so, the information is invaluable when applying for loans. Credit scores are calculated by the following:
Understanding how your score is broken down will help you improve your score over time. The biggest factor is payment history. This accounts for 35 percent of your score. The next biggest component is the amount you owe on your credit (30 percent). The credit history length (15 percent), new credit (10 percent) and types of credit used (10 percent) are the other three variables that enter the equation.
In order to obtain a pre-approval, you may be asked to provide an initial set of documentation to verify your income and assets. Here are items you will want to start pulling together:
It may take some diligence and patience, but millennials could find ways to make homeownership a reality in their 20s.