You’re young and free to see where life takes you. Renting an apartment, or sharing a place with roommates is a great way to be independent and flexible. Chances are you and your friends are renters – and that’s not a bad thing. If you’re a renter, when the lease is up, you’ve got options.
But how do you know if owning a home is the right thing for you, right now? Isn’t owning a home a sign of being, you know, old? And why do some people say you’re "throwing your money away" if you rent?
what's a down payment again?
You might be able to get a mortgage with a lower down payment.You might have gotten your car with "no money down" but that won’t work for a house. Most people have to take out a big loan (a mortgage) to buy a house, and there’s a whole industry out there for just this purpose.
Your lender will want to you to kick in some of your own money up front – this is called a down payment. The size of your down payment might be 3 to 20 percent of the price of the home you’re looking at.
Let's say you're looking at an awesome $150,000 townhouse in a great part of town. Twenty percent of that is $30,000. That's a ton of money, especially if you're just starting out and trying to pay back student loans.
The good news is, you might be able to get a mortgage with a lower down payment. Because the government encourages home ownership as a way to build strong communities and families, there are a lot of programs out there for people like you--first-time home buyers--to help with down payments.