The thousands of dollars in rent you’ve already paid to your landlord may be a
staggering figure—one you don’t even want to think about. Buying a house just isn’t
possible for you right now. And it isn’t in your financial cards for the foreseeable future.
Or is it? The situation is common and widespread: countless people feel trapped in
home rental, pouring thousands of dollars into a place that will never be their own—yet
they think they’re unable to produce a down payment for a home in order to escape this
rental cycle. However, putting the buying process into motion isn’t nearly as impossible
as it may seem. $o matter how dire you believe your financial situation to be, there are
several little-known facts that may be key to helping you step from a renter’s rut to homeowning
Initially, of course, the most daunting factor involved in buying a house is the down
payment. You know you’ll be able to handle the monthly payments—you’ve done this for
years as a renter. The hurdle, instead, seems to be accumulating the capital needed to
put money down. However, this hurdle may be smaller than you think. Take a look at the
following points and explore whether any of these scenarios may be possible for you:
1. Find a lender to assist you with your down payment and closing costs.
If you’re free of debt, and own an asset outright, your lending institution may lend
you the money for a down payment by securing it against your asset. In this case,
you won’t need to have accumulated capital for a down payment.
2. Buy a home even if your credit isn’t top-notch.
If you have saved more than the minimum for a down payment, or can secure the
loan against other equity, many lending institutions will still consider you for a
mortgage, despite a poor credit rating.
3. Find a seller to assist you in buying and financing the home.
Some sellers may be willing to bear a second mortgage as a seller take-back. The
seller then assumes the role of the lending institution, and you pay him/her the
monthly payments, rather than paying the price of the home in a lump sum. This
is an additional option if you have a poor credit rating.
4. Buy a home with much less down than you’d think.
Investigate local and federal programs, such as first-time buyer programs, that are
designed to help people like you break into the housing market. An experienced
mortgage consultant will be equipped to give you all the information you need
about these programs, and counsel you on which options are best for you.
5. Create a cash down payment without going into debt.
By borrowing money for specific investments, you may be able to produce a large
income tax return that you can use as a down payment. Technically, the money
borrowed for these investments is considered a loan, but the monthly payments
can be low, and the money you put into both the home and the investments will
ultimately be yours.
So, you know there are options out there. The next step is to educate yourself on what
your own personal possibilities might be, and how to follow through with the means to
achieve these goals. Keep in mind, too, that you can get pre-approved for a mortgage
before you begin searching for a home. In fact, you should get pre-approved—the
process is free and doesn’t place you under any obligation. You can be pre-approved
over the phone. Or, take the next step and complete a credit application. Once a credit
application is submitted, you’ll receive a written pre-approval, which will guarantee you
a mortgage to a specified level. When you have a concrete price range, you’ll know
where to begin looking. Make a commitment to yourself to break out of the renting rut.Start today! Paul Purewal - www.paulpurewal.com
I am the GUY that will make a difference!
Karen Guy, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty