You want to buy a house in Atlanta? Do you know how much you need for a down payment?

You want to buy a house in Atlanta? Do you know how much you need for a down payment?

When you are saving money to buy your first home, it can be daunting to think about the amount of money you need to save to become a first time home owner. While there are loans that require only 3.5% down payment which is insured by the FHA (Federal Housing Administration), these loans require you to have mortgage  insurance for the duration of the mortgage, this makes monthly mortgage payments higher.

Most banks make mortgage loans with a down payment of 10% or 20%, although there are some lenders who offer conventional loans that require only 5% initial down payment. For those types of loans, we advised to consult with your  lender to see what is the best option is for you and also to find out what are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these loans.

Why 20% is an ideal lenders loan?

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Mortgage lenders evaluate your credit profile, your debt ratio to income, work history and how much you have saved to confirm if you are a person who could make monthly mortgage payments without problems. 20% down is considered an ideal amount by the lenders because you are investing a significant amount of your own money and making the lender risk is minimal. When buying a house with 20% down, you will have a lower monthly payment and will not pay for the loan insurance PMI (private mortgage insurance)

Advantages and disadvantages of putting 20% ​​down

  • Besides eliminating the need for PMI, by putting 20% down payment, it will be easier to qualify for the mortgage loan and the interest rate will be lower as well.
  • The other benefit is that you will have to burrow less money and therefore your monthly payments will be lower.
  • In addition, you will own 20% of the value of your home, giving you the ability to get a home equity loan from another bank for an amount equal to 20%

On the other hand, getting 20% down payment to buy a home of about $ 200,000 is $ 40,000, this may take many years to save this amount, Keep in mind, when buying a house you will also need money for other expenses such as; closing costs, prepaid taxes, moving expenses and an emergency fund. It is also possible that while you are saving money for the down payment, house prices and interest rate  may go up.

Advantages and disadvantages of a lower down payment.

If you buy a home with a down payment of 10%, a house of about $ 200,000, will require a $20,000 down payment. if you buy the house with a 5% down payment, the amount will be about $ 10,000, using a smaller down payment will allow you to become a home owner sooner. You can get your home faster because you don’t have to have as much money. It is recommended to save a little more to avoid problems in case of an emergency or other arrangements such as maintenance and repairs.

The disadvantages of a smaller down payment is; you will have to pay PMI to your lender, thus making you monthly payments higher . Your mortgage interest rate will be higher, so your monthly payments will be larger, too.

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Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$198,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,601
SQFT
6796 Foxfire Place Place SW
Atlanta, GA 30349
COOKS LANDING Subdivision
$283,951
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
7064 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$299,026
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7057 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
663 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$310,270
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
7024 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$309,473
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$301,438
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7007 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Foreclosure
$215,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,080
SQFT
6629 Overlook Ridge
Atlanta, GA 30349
Cooks Landing Subdivision
$4,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
15,159
SQFT
4690 Thompson Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$12,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
9
BED
14
TOTAL BATHS
26,000
SQFT
4965 Butner Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$310,235
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,443
SQFT
555 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
Short Sale
$195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,639
SQFT
432 Hammock Loop
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$310,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,033
SQFT
510 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$327,527
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,077
SQFT
455 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$239,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,972
SQFT
400 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$257,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3213 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$274,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3200 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$271,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3239 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$264,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3204 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Open House 09/21 at 1PM
$261,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3243 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Short Sale
$225,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,676
SQFT
2927 Chilhowee Drive
Atlanta, GA 30331
Legacy at Cascading Creek Subdivision
$245,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,404
SQFT
3492 Dacite Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Flat Shoals Manor Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6679 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6690 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6683 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2205 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$174,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6790 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6742 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6735 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6687 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
2281 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
2273 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2285 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,045
SQFT
505 Hererra Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
Open House 09/22 at 2PM
$259,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,006
SQFT
4244 Sublime Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Pittman Park Subdivision
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,200
SQFT
210 Rivermere Way
Atlanta, GA 30350
Gates on the River Subdivision
Short Sale
$129,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
6111 Lamp Post Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Buffington Park Subdivision
$224,420
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5001 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$224,196
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5042 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$226,696
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5044 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$226,496
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5013 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$232,586
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5035 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$230,526
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5037 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Short Sale
$115,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,912
SQFT
2180 Crossrail Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Fairfield Square Subdivision
Short Sale
$135,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,660
SQFT
4765 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
New Listing - 17 hours online
$299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,046
SQFT
4307 Bellwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30349
Stonewall Manor Subdivision
$329,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,759
SQFT
4288 Bellwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30349
Stonewall Manor Subdivision
$212,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,006
SQFT
5015 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,050
SQFT
4915 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
Short Sale
$160,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,808
SQFT
3027 Sable Run Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
SABLE CHASE Subdivision
$333,840
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,331
SQFT
6312 Jasper Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$363,535
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,905
SQFT
2912 Bluestone Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$359,837
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,433
SQFT
775 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$345,365
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,138
SQFT
2905 Bluestone Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
$355,676
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,760
SQFT
112 Old Wolf Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5618 Livesage Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Union Crossing Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$382,043
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,760
SQFT
109 Old Wolf Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5622 Livesage Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Union Crossing Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5667 Eternal Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
UNION CROSSING Subdivision

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