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Do You Really Need a Down Payment?
Do You Really Need a Down Payment?

With all of the recent hoopla in the press and crack down on lending institutions, yes, zero percent down financing is a thing of the past.  But how much down payment is really required?  I've heard buyers say, "I know I need 20% down", well I'm here to tell you that just isn't so!
Many buyers are electing to use FHA financing because it requires the smallest down payment and offers a very competitve interest rate.  As of January 1, 2009, FHA will require 3.5% of the purchase price as a down payment.  That's not so bad, especially when the rates are near 5%!  Do you know that your down payment can also be a gift from a family member?  That's right, if mom and dad would like to contribute, all they have to do is write the lender a letter stating that they are giving you the down payment as a gift! 
Although sellers are no longer allowed to contribute to a buyer's down payment, they can pay the buyer's closing costs, and many are willing to do just that in order to close the deal.  So you see, for a $100,000 home, the down payment required ... more

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