Home Buyer Question: How Much Should My Down Payment Be?

This is a VERY common conversation with buyer clients: How much “should” I  put down on a house?

“Should” is a dangerous word in my opinion because it implies external factors and opinions when really, only you can decide what’s best for your situation and your future goals.

There are loan options with 3.5% down payments, 5% down payments, 10% or 20% or even more down payments.

I always encourage buyers to really evaluate multiple options with their mortgage professional and to weigh how pros/cons of each match up with their personal goals and circumstances. Also always a good idea to consult your tax professional and financial planner!

While I can’t answer which down payment will work best, especially these days I do suggest really looking at options other than 20% down. Why? Because that’s locking up a lot of cash in a non-liquid asset.

If 20% down makes the most sense for you, by all means go for it. I just encourage buyers to really take a look at multiple financing pathways to find the best one for them.

Oh, and if your mortgage contact won’t thoroughly review multiple scenarios with you: Find a different mortgage person to work with, immediately!!! Email me if you need recommendations, dmcdermottcharlotte@gmail.com

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