if you have decent credit and a steady income, you might be qualified for a number of specialized programs that require no or very little down payment. Here are a few of the options:
First, there's the USDA loan, which is valid for homes in certain regions, such as rural and suburban areas. Below is a map showing the areas that are not eligible, as you can see most of Southern Maine is eligible....Except Portland, South Portland.
With zero money down and lenient credit requirements, the USDA loan can be a great choice for many homeowners. There is RD-direct (where you apply directly through the Gov't) and RD-guaranteed (the lender loan is guaranteed by RD).
Second, there’s the VA loan, which you can apply for if you or your spouse served in a branch of the military.
It's one of the most generous zero-money-down mortgage because of low interest rates and low closing costs.
Third, there's the FHA loan. It does require a 3.5% down payment — still drastically more achievable than the 20% required for a conventional mortgage.
Finally, there are a number credit unions and first-time homebuyer programs that might apply to your particular situation.
There’s one important thing you should know.
If you get one of these no-money-down mortgages, chances are good you will be required to pay private mortgage insurance, which can drive up your monthly payments.
Fortunately, private mortgage insurance will disappear after your mortgage balance is under 80%. Also, the money you do pay will be tax deductible in most cases.
I highly recommend Tamika Donahue at RMS Mortgage. She has been a mortgage broker for over 20 years, is super nice, straightforward, and can really help you find the right financing option.
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