There was a time when the main obstacle to homeownership was the required 20% down payment for a mortgage. Today, more people are buying homes with less money down.
Putting a full 20% down on mortgage may opt you out of paying for private mortgage insurance (PMI) and may get you a better interest rate, but it is not the only path to home ownership, nor will it guarantee you the lowest mortgage payment possible.
Buying a home with less money down isn’t uncommon and in some cases, new buyers are able to do so with no money down. Real-estate agents agree. They say the benefits of making a smaller down payment are many. Doing so can help homeowners build equity at a faster rate— even with a higher interest rate. The faster you build up equity, the sooner you will be able to stop paying the PMI portion of your mortgage and see a drop in your mortgage payment.
Home ownership is one of the keys to building wealth. Now that there are more financing options above and beyond the traditional 20 percent down threshold, the American Dream is a little bit more accessible.
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