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Faith Marshall
 Julie Weaver
Debbie Holscher
John Niernberger

12772 Lodge Drive
Garfield, AR 72732
Phone: 479-359-2000
Fax: 479-359-2025
Faith: faith@beaverlakecountryrealty.com
Julie: julie@beaverlakecountryrealty.com
Debbie: debbie@beaverlakecountryrealty.com
John: john@beaverlakecountryrealty.com 

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Your Savings and Down Payment

Your First Step Toward Buying a Home

When preparing to buy a home, the first thing many homebuyers do is look at the real estate ads in newspapers, magazines and listings on the Internet. Some potential buyers read how-to articles like this one. The next thing you should do - before you call on an ad, before you talk to a REALTOR®, before you shop for interest rates - is look at your savings.

Why?

Because determining how much money you have available for down payment and closing costs affects almost every aspect of buying a home - including how you write your purchase offer, the loan programs you qualify for, and shopping for interest rates.

Mortgage Programs

If you only have enough available for a minimum down payment, your choices of loan program will be limited to only a few types of mortgages. If someone is giving you a gift for all or part of the down payment, your options are also limited. If you have enough for the down payment, but need the lender or seller to cover all or part of your closing costs, this further limits your options. If you borrow all or a portion of the down payment from your 401K or retirement plan, different loan programs have different rules on how you qualify.

Of course, if you have enough for a large down payment, then you have lots of choices.

Your loan choices include such varied programs as conventional fixed rate loans, adjustable rate mortgages, buydowns, VA, FHA, graduated payment mortgages and all the varieties of each.

Shopping for Rates

A very important reason you need to have at least some idea of your down payment is for shopping for interest rates. Some loan programs charge a slightly higher interest rate for minimal down payments. Plus, the interest rates for different loan programs are not the same. For example, conventional, VA, and FHA all offer fixed rate loans. However, the rates vary from one program to another.

If you shop lenders by phone, the loan officer will be able to tell you which programs fit and quote your rates accordingly. However, if you are shopping on the Internet, you have to develop some idea of your loan program on your own.

Writing Your Offer

Another reason you need to have a clue about your down payment is because it affects how you write your offer to purchase a home. Not only are you required to put your down payment information in the offer, but also different loan programs have different rules that also affect how you write your offer. This is especially important when dealing with FHA and VA loans.

If you are asking the seller to pay all or part of your closing costs, you have to be certain your loan program allows what you are asking. For smaller down payments, lenders allow the seller to pay less closing costs than for larger down payments. Some loan programs will allow a seller to pay certain types of costs, but not others.

Finally, your down payment also affects your ability to qualify for a loan. When you make a small down payment, lenders are fairly strict about having you conform to their underwriting guidelines. For larger down payments, they will tend to make allowances or exceptions to the rules.

Conclusion

As you can see, the down payment affects every choice you make when you buy a home. Although you should look at ads, familiarize yourself with neighborhoods, learn about prices, and read as much as you can - when you get ready to take action - the first thing you should do is figure out how much money you have available for the purchase.

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Faith Marshall, Julie Weaver, Debbie Holscher and John Niernberger
12772 Lodge Drive

Garfield, AR 72732
Phone: 479-359-2000
Fax: 479-359-2025
Email Faith: faith@beaverlakecountryrealty.com
Email Julie: julie@beaverlakecountryrealty.com
Email Debbie: debbie@beaverlakecountryrealty.com
Email John:  john@beaverlakecountryrealty.com

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Dear Faith, Julie and John,
    Thanks so much for the treat bags for the kids. They will love them! We are so blessed to have such wonderful support from our community here in Garfield. 
You help us be successful in our jobs in so many ways.
A wonderful piece of info we received yesterday----------
Garfield Elementary School ranked in the top 5% of Elementary schools in the state of Arkansas!
Thanks for all you do!
             
Garfield Staff and Students
Ms. Marshall, I just wanted to say thank you for your support of Garfield Elementary! Your contribution has allowed me to fund the beginnings of a "markerspace" program in our library media center! You made my day!  Sheri Rafferty, Library Specialist
Dear Faith, On behalf of the Garfield Staff, we'd like to thank you for the donation to each of our staff members. You are right, they all spend right out of their pockets for their students. We are so blessed to have people like you in our community to help support our staff and students. Thank you and God Bless You Garfield Staff
Julie, Thank you so much for all your help with our BIG MOVE! I am hoping we love it in Arkansas as much as you do! Blessings! Dylan, Amy, Blake, Owen, and Mia Stroud
Dear Julie, Thank you so much for all your work trying to find us a home! I loved our conversations and hope to see you soon. We closed on the house a couple of weeks ago and love it here! I have saved your real estate cards to hand out! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Robyn and Mark Lorentz
Dear Linda, Thank you so much for helping me sell my Bella Vista property. I can't believe how fast it Happened! I really feel you went the extra mile! Sincerely, Rae Jean Roller
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