Your down payment is a critical piece in the homebuying process and will help determine how much house you can afford.
Published February 20, 2023
Estimate the impact of your down payment using this simple calculator. Paying 20% of the total purchase price upfront ("20% down") may help you avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI).
*20% down can help you avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI).
Are you a doctor? You may be able to avoid PMI with 0% down.
This calculator is for illustrative purposes only and does not include any taxes, fees, or private mortgage insurance.
Ideally, you will have saved enough money to make a 20% down payment on a home you’d like to purchase. With a 20% down payment, you can typically avoid paying for private mortgage insurance, known as PMI. With a down payment less than 20%, you’ll likely need to make monthly PMI payments until you’ve accumulated 20% equity in your house.
However, if you don’t have 20% saved up, don’t fret – you may be eligible for a mortgage with less than a 20% down payment. And if you’re a physician or dentist, you may be eligible for a physician mortgage that doesn’t require PMI even with less than a 20% down payment.
There are many other expenses involved in buying a house in addition to a down payment, including closing costs, insurance, taxes, and other costs involved with homeownership. Determine what you can handle before you start looking. Coming up with a house budget and sticking with it will make your life much easier in the short and long term. The more organized you are, the smoother the homebuying process will be.
To learn more about mortgages from Laurel Road, go to laurelroad.com/mortgage.
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