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How a Down Payment on a New Home Makes a Molehill Out of a Mountain!

Big Down Payment = More Options for You!

Believe me, your down payment on a new home affects nearly everything you can think of in the buying process - the loan programs you're able to qualify for, the size of the interest rate, the amount of closing costs, etc.

The basic rule is this: the more you have to put down on a down payment for a home, the more options you have!

This rule is true because, like all lenders, mortgage lenders dislike risk. They're in the business of making money by lending money. So, the more money you put down, the lower the risk, and the more lenders like your deal.

And, that's not all. If you have enough cash for a large down payment, then more choices open up to you! You can choose conventional fixed rate loans, adjustable rate mortgages, VA, FHA, graduated payment mortgages and all the variations of each of these programs.

By the way, when you combine a good-to-excellent credit score with a large down payment, you'll definitely get positive attention from loan officers!

Acceptable Sources for Down Payment Monies

In general, lenders want to see adequate funds available for a period of at least sixty (60) days in your account. The usual methods of proof of these funds are either a Verification of Deposit form or two months' worth of your most recent bank account statements.

So, if you're person who keeps money "under the mattress" or somewhere in your home, this isn't acceptable. It has to be deposited in an account (bank or investment) for at least two months (preferably longer).

In technical terms, this is called "seasoning." And the reason behind it is this: First, by having money in an account, it shows you have to ability and discipline to save money and, thus, are a good risk from the lender's point of view. Second, it demonstrates that the money is likely yours and not a personal loan from a family member or a friend. Lastly, and obviously, it shows you have enough money on hand for a down payment.

In general, here are sources you can use for a down payment:

- Checking account
- Savings account
- 401k account
- IRA account (have to meet specific guidelines)
- Money market account
- Stocks
- Bonds
- Mutual funds
- Certificates of deposit and other liquid assets.
- Sale of an asset, etc.

Frankly, in this New Age of Frugality, the safest method is to simply save the money for a down payment. This teaches you financial discipline which is good for all aspects of your life, and it means you don't have to rob other assets to pay the down payment.

I'd be happy to discuss and suggest many different ways of obtaining down payment money. Contact me at bill.black@cbshome.com or call me at 402.680.2500 today!

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