Millions of people today do not have the money to put down on a home.
Traditionally, you would need to put down anywhere from 3% to 10% for a house that you want to buy. That means the average house could require an up-front payment of $10,000 to $50,000 in some instances. If you do not have that kind of money, you are going to be stuck.
Fortunately, not all hope is lost. There are a few ways to buy real estate property without a down payment, and that starts with knowing the market.
– First-Time Buyer’s Program
If you are a first-time buyer, the federal government can help. They offer first-time buyer’s credit and down payment assistance. They will also work with realtors to ensure that a loan is secured.
You may need to pay for mortgage insurance, but the first-time buyer’s program has been set up to help individuals secure the home of their dreams, without putting a down payment in place.
– Foreclosed Properties
There are a lot of foreclosures in the United States. That’s bad for homeowners, but good for potential buyers. If you consider foreclosed homes that have been on the market for some time, you can buy them without a down payment.
Often, these properties are listed by the bank at a low-asking price. They want people to buy the property and do not want to keep it on their books. You can submit an offer with no down payment and, with any luck, may be able to secure the property fast.
– Improve Your Credit
Homebuyers who have good credit can get a home without a down payment; however, the loan will be high that the down payment can be taken from the overall price of the loan. Credit scores matter here; the higher the scores, the better the chances you have to get a home without a down payment.
If you do not have 700 or above credit, improve it by looking at your credit report and dealing with the issues that are in place, such as fix errors and pay off outstanding issues. Done right, this can garner you an acceptance for a loan that is way above the asking price of the home, yet will cover the down payment, renovations, and more.
There are other ways to buy real estate property without a down payment, but the above are the most common. You can always ask realtors for help, but often, they will cite the above options first.