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For starters, **you will need to have $10,000, which you will use for your down payment** and to cover the cost of your home inspection, the appraisal and a year's worth of homeowner's insurance. All of those other closing costs, escrows and everything else will get paid, but not by you.

**Yes 10k can work if you are looking for a home under 300k and can get an FHA loan**. Also depending on the areas of interest to you there are lots of subsidies grants available. If I know your housing goals neighborhoods I can send you housed that will work for you as well as have our mortgage guy discuss you options.

**It is absolutely ok to put 10 percent down on a house**. In fact, first-time buyers put down only 6 percent on average. Just note that with 10 percent down, you'll have a higher monthly payment than if you'd put 20 percent down.

Pros. A **20%** down payment is widely considered the ideal down payment amount for most loan types and lenders. If you're able to put 20% down on your home, you'll reap a few key benefits.

For example, if your monthly budget is $925, **a $5,000 down payment (or 3%) on a 30 year mortgage could get you a house that costs about $170,000** — while a $20,000 down payment (or 10%) will allow you to buy a house that costs $200,000.

You'll also need closing costs and other fees, which typically run between 2 and 5% of the purchase price. **Assuming $10,000 in closing costs, you need $25,000 minimum to position yourself for home ownership.**

FHA loans, backed by the Federal Housing Administration, are available for as little as **3.5 percent down if the borrower has a credit score of at least 580**. If the borrower has a lower score (500-579), the minimum down payment is 10 percent.

**Yes, putting 20% down lowers your home buying costs**. Borrowers who can make a big down payment will save a lot over the life of their mortgage loan. But a smaller down payment allows many first-time home buyers to get on the housing ladder sooner.

For a home price of $250,000 the minimum down payment would be **$8,750**.

You'll typically need **at least 3 percent of the purchase price of the home as a down payment**. Keep in mind that you'll need to put at least 20 percent down to avoid having to pay for mortgage insurance, however. Don't let the mortgage insurance cost scare you, though.

**It's definitely possible to buy a house on a $50K salary**. For many borrowers, low-down-payment loans and down payment assistance programs are putting homeownership within reach. But everyone's budget is different. Even people who make the same annual salary can have different price ranges when they shop for a new home.

The oldest rule of thumb says you can typically afford a home priced **two to three times your gross income**. So, if you earn $100,000, you can typically afford a home between $200,000 and $300,000.

Let's say your monthly income is $4,000. Multiply $4,000 by 0.28, and your total is $1,120. If you abide by the 28% rule, you can afford to spend **up to $1,120 per month** on your house, including your mortgage, interest, property taxes, homeowners insurance, and homeowners association dues.

Mortgage amount: $200,000 — This example assumes you have no other debts or monthly obligations beyond your new housing costs, a **20%** down payment, and a good credit score. With that down payment, your $200,000 mortgage would buy you a home worth $250,000. Salary: $94,000 per year.

**The more money you put down, the better**. Your monthly mortgage payment will be lower because you're financing less of the home's purchase price, and you can possibly get a lower mortgage rate.

Example. If the home price is $500,000, a **20%** down payment is equal to $100,000, resulting in a total mortgage amount of $400,000 ($500,000 - $100,000). The average down payment in the US is about 6% of the home value.

As an example, for a $250,000 home, a down payment of 3.5% is **$8,750**, while 20% is $50,000.

For example, if you make $10,000 every month, **multiply $10,000 by 0.28 to get $2,800**. Using these figures, your monthly mortgage payment should be no more than $2,800.

For example, if a mortgage lender requires a 3 percent down payment on a $250,000 home, the homebuyer must pay **at least $7,500** at closing.

There are no little steps – you open up better deals every time you hit these milestones, 10%, 15%, 20% and so on. When you get a mortgage deposit of 20%, you really start to get attractive mortgages. This means that the recommended minimum deposit size is **20% of the price of your new home**.

If you make $3,000 a month ($36,000 a year), your DTI with an FHA loan should be no more than $1,290 ($3,000 x 0.43) — which means you can afford a house with a monthly payment that is **no more than $900 ($3,000 x 0.31)**. FHA loans typically allow for a lower down payment and credit score if certain requirements are met.

According to Brown, you should spend **between 28% to 36% of your take-home income** on your housing payment. If you make $70,000 a year, your monthly take-home pay, including tax deductions, will be approximately $4,530.

A conventional loan requires a credit score of at least 620, but it's ideal to have a score of **740 or above**, which could allow you to make a lower down payment, get a more attractive interest rate and save on private mortgage insurance.

As a rule of thumb, **home loan EMI should not exceed 35-40% of your total income**. In our survey, almost 28% of homebuyers indicated willingness to part with more than 50% of their household income towards EMIs, which can spell disaster. “Get a clear and real understanding of your finances.

Five strategies to buy a house with no money include:

**Use down payment assistance to cover the down payment**. Ask for a down payment gift from a family member. Get the lender to pay your closing costs (“lender credits”) Get the seller to pay your closing costs (“seller concessions”)