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3 Benefits to a Large Down Payment

by Jennifer Johansen 06/05/2022

When buying a home, the down payment will make up the bulk of your upfront expenses. While most mortgage lenders offer you flexibility in the amount of your down payment, it's difficult to decide how much money to spend right away. While a higher upfront cost, a higher-than-minimum down payment has some significant advantages. Here are the main benefits to consider:

Better Mortgage Terms

Typically, buyers who opt for a larger down payment have more options for mortgage terms. A higher down payment will often result in a lower interest rate, which can save you thousands of dollars over the life of your home. It will also lower your monthly expenses and allow you to pay off your mortgage sooner. The more money you pay up front, the less money you borrow, so it's important to compare the short and long term effects.

Avoid Private Mortgage Insurance

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is additional protection for the lender. A PMI policy is only required if you borrow 80% or more of the home's purchase price. Therefore, a 20% down payment will help you avoid the additional ongoing expense of insurance dues and save you thousands.

Show Sellers You're Serious

Offering a larger amount of money up front communicates to sellers that you're a qualified buyer. It shows your level of interest and financial responsibility, two things that make a buyer less likely to back out of a sale. A large down payment can reassure sellers that you intend to take the transaction through to completion, and may also serve as a bargaining tool for things like closing costs or total purchase price.

20% of the purchase price has been a commonly accepted guideline for down payments for decades. However, it's not required. Should you opt to spend more or less on your down payment, consider the short and long-term effects of the decision to make a confident choice.

About the Author

Jennifer Johansen

Jennifer is passionate about the Real Estate business, and has been involved in related family businesses in construction, architectural millwork, and finance for 20 years. She and her husband relocated to Naples, from New York, 10 years ago, although her family has owned property on Marco Island since the 1980's. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Dual Master's Degree in Counseling and Education. She has acquired many necessary skills that are useful in Real Estate from being in the field of Counseling for many years. She holds the belief that building rapport is vital to helping her clients have a positive experience, while achieving their goals. She is very thorough and detail oriented, and has formed many close relationships with professionals in related fields, such as law, title insurance, home inspectors and other contractors. She aims to offer concierge- level service to her clients at every price point. When time permits, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Having grown up on the South Shore of Long Island, and enjoying her summers on Fire Island, she loves any activity related to salt water, boating and the beach. Additional hobbies include gardening, art, and studying nutrition, wellness and naturopathy. She is knowledgeable about Naples and Marco Island Real Estate, in estate areas, golf/gated communities, and waterfront properties. She is a member of The Naples Board of Realtors and Marco Island Area Association of Realtors.