Buying A Home: Tips For First-Time Homeowners To Buy A Home With Little Or No Money Down

Fortunately, it’s gotten easier again in recent years. Conventional mortgages are now available with down payments as low as 3% thanks to programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. You’ll probably have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI) until your loan-to-value ratio drops below 80%, but this is a good option for borrowers who qualify.

To qualify for a loan with 3% down, you’ll need a credit score of at least 660, plus six months’ worth of mortgage payments in reserve. In addition, your total monthly debt payments — including your new mortgage payment — cannot be greater than 36% of your gross income. With a higher credit score, the reserve requirements can be relaxed and the debt-to-income maximum could be as high as 45%.



Will House Prices Go Down In 2017? 5 Trends To Watch, As Interest Rates Rise And Millennials Move Out

With mortgage rates and home prices rising, the housing market has become more hostile to home buyers in 2016. But in the next year, major factors that influence the housing market stand to change both for the better and the worse. Read on for what people looking to settle down into a new home can expect in 2017.

Mortgage rates will soar.

Mortgage rates have been on the rise for nine weeks straight, with 30-year fixed rates reaching 4.32 percent Thursday, up from 3.47 percent at the end of October. The increase is a result of the Federal Reserve’s decision to hike its interest rate target in mid-December and the surge in U.S. Treasury yields over the past several months—both of which mortgage rates follow closely.