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In the last century, the required down payment for a home purchase changed significantly, decreasing from 50% of the price to 20% to as little as $0. Recently, though, banks have started to ask for more. For most homebuyers, without a special deal through an organization like Nehemiah, 3% investment is the bare minimum. Here are 5 ideas that you can use to save for your new home.
Got a 401(k)? Today, more and more employers are offering this tool for retirement savings. Some even give free matching money for participating. Make sure you're saving at least enough to get all the free money you can.
Direct Deposit = Direct Savings Consider having part of your weekly pay deposited straight into a savings account - some banks might even pay a higher rate that way!
Got a Raise? Pay Yourself First Next time you get a pay increase, instead of spending it, instead put the extra earnings into savings. You're living without it now, you'll do fine without it later, and you'll have a nice nest egg to boot.
Know When to Get Advice There are professionals who specialize in helping you reach your goals. Use their knowledge to help make the path to your dreams easier. Email me for a referral.
Lower your Tax Withholding Sure, it's great to get a nice check from Uncle Sam each February, but keep in mind, he's not paying you any interest on your money he's using each year. Increase your exemptions to free up cash flow.
Implementing a plan can make saving for a new home much easier. No matter which of these ideas you choose (or even if you choose another), make a plan and stick to it. Set a tangible goal - "we want to save $10,000," for example - so you know what you're striving towards. When you get there, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you made it.
And, with your savings and FHA or conventional financing, you'll be eligible to get a great deal on a home.
Dan Hartman's Blog about mortgages, real estate, and the economy in New England, and the United States, especially Rhode Island Rates, Connecticut Mortgages, Massachusetts Rate Locks, and New Hampshire Home Sales. Let Dan leverage his MBA in Finance and experience as a college professor for you!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.