Well, not literally zero dollars. Unfortunately, it's rare to negotiate a deal with zero money down but it has been done. What is more common is purchasing a home with very little money down. It all depends on your financial situation, loan type, and the seller of the home you want to buy.
As a starting point, you're going to have to have $1,000 as an "Earnest Deposit". It's a way of showing that you are seriously interested in buying the property. That's going to be a part of every real estate transaction, it will credit to your sales price but it is still cash you have to come up with out-of-pocket.
Secondly, you're going to have closing costs that range anywhere from 2% to 5% of your sales price. So, for a $100,000 home, closing costs would be $2,000 to $5,000 dollars, with the average being around $3,000. Having a REALTOR® on your side will give you the help you to negotiate a deal with those costs in mind. There are a variety of ways a REALTOR® can negotiate a deal to help you pay as little as possible. Closing costs are unavoidable but can also be gifted if that applies in your situation.
Now is the time where down payment assistance programs kick in, a popular one is the Home in 5 Advantage program. You could qualify for 2.5% to 3.5% of down payment and closing cost assistance, depending on your financial position. There is also the Home Plus program and each lender also has their own programs.
Depending on your loan, there may be other fees, costs, and rates that apply, they may even affect your monthly payment. It's important to have an open dialogue with your mortgage broker to make sure you know what fees and rates you will be charged.
You have to balance your financial goals with your homeownership goals to find what is right for you. Focus on what is important to you—is it a certain budget, low interest rate, low out of pocket costs, or something else? Think about it, then talk with both your lender and REALTOR® so that they can help you achieve your goals.
When you choose to work with professionals, you will have a team on your side fighting for your goals. Literally. This is why using a licensed, full-time real estate agent is crucial to you buying a home with little money down. Finding the right mortgage broker is also important because they each have different styles and offer different programs, so don't be shy about shopping around.
Check out my video on down payment assistance programs for more information.
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