Many lenders will have no problem giving you a mortgage with a down payment of as little as 5 percent — or just 3.5 percent for a FHA loan (if you qualify) and some other government-insured programs.
Of course, putting down less than 20 percent has its drawbacks.
Is it smart to put 5 down on a house?
It’s not always better to put a large down payment on a house. It’s better to put 20 percent down if you want the lowest possible interest rate and monthly payment. But if you want to get into a house now, and start building equity, it may be better to buy with a smaller down payment — say 5 to 10 percent down.
Is it bad to put less than 20 down on a house?
If your down payment is less than 20% and you have a conventional loan, your lender will require private mortgage insurance (PMI), an added insurance policy that protects the lender if you can’t pay your mortgage for some reason. The PMI may be cancelled once you’ve built 20% equity in your home.
What percentage needs to be put down on a house?
Is 10 down on a house enough?
If you don’t want to delay the purchase of a home, putting 10 percent down means you can be in a home much more quickly as you need only half the payment amount when compared to a 20 percent down payment. The sooner you purchase a home, the sooner you can begin to build equity, as well as repay the loan in full.
Does a higher down payment make your offer stronger?
Summary: A Higher Down Payment Makes a Difference
A higher down payment means fewer funds to cover closing costs and renovations. It could also deplete your savings and leave you with no emergency funds, putting you at risk of defaulting.
What happens if I don’t have a downpayment for a house?
You may want to get a government-backed FHA loan or a conventional mortgage if you find out you don’t meet the qualifications for a USDA loan or a VA loan. Both of these options will allow you to make a low down payment.