What kind of down payment do I need? How does the amount of down payment I make affect the terms of my mortgage loan?

There are many options for making down payments. The amount of your down payment will vary by the loan you choose and the lender’s requirements. Generally, the larger the down payment you are able to make, the lower the interest rate you will receive and the more likely you are to be approved. If you cannot make a down payment of 20 percent, lenders usually will require you to purchase private mortgage insurance or obtain an FHA, VA, or USDA loan.

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