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Down Payment Assistance

Deciding on the ideal down payment amount can be a complex process. Rate Simple is here to provide clarity. Your decision should align with your unique financial situation and preferences.

Loan types

FHA Loan

With an FHA loan, you can secure a single-family home or condominium with as little as a 3.5% down payment. However, lower down payments on conforming loans often trigger the need for mortgage insurance (PMI).


Dreaming of a home surrounded by pastoral landscapes? Buyers in rural and suburban markets can explore USDA loans requiring no down payment. Income limitations may apply, and PMI may be necessary for down payments under 20%.

VA Loan

Military veterans qualifying for a VA loan can purchase a home with zero down payment. For added flexibility, some non-conforming mortgage loan programs allow 80/20 setups, where borrowers can secure a second mortgage to cover the 20% down payment.

Customized Solutions for Varied and Unique Loan Needs

Navigating the complexities of down payments is easier with our experts. We provide tailored guidance to address your unique circumstances and financial goals. Contact our loan specialists today to develop a personalized plan that aligns with your budget.

Costs and Benefits

Low or no down payment programs come with specific costs, which impact your monthly payments

Higher Interest Rates

  • Increased mortgage insurance premiums
  • Mortgage insurance can be removed once your equity reaches a certain level, offering potential savings in the long run.

Advantages of Low Down Payments

Despite the downsides, low down payments offer benefits:

  • Less money is required upfront.
  • Potential for a higher rate of return on your investment.
  • Opportunity cost – allowing you to invest available cash elsewhere

Personal Considerations

Selecting the right down payment amount is a crucial decision. Your lender will assess your qualification based on income, but your comfort with the monthly payments is equally important. Carefully evaluate what you can afford to ensure a comfortable homeownership journey.

Down Payment Assistance

Down payment assistance programs come in various forms, including grants, loans, and more. Eligibility depends on factors like household income and credit history. Organizations like HUD, local housing authorities, or nonprofits can administer these programs. Research their requirements, grant versus loan terms, and lender acceptance before applying.

Types of assistance


Grants are a valuable form of down payment assistance, representing a gift that homeowners don't need to repay. However, some may create a second lien on your home, so reviewing terms carefully is essential.

Forgivable Loans (At 0% Interest)

Forgivable mortgage loans typically come with a 0% interest rate and are forgiven after a specified number of years.

Deferred-Payment Loans (At 0% Interest)

These second mortgages only require repayment once you move, sell, refinance, or pay down your primary loan.

Low-Interest Loans

Some organizations offer second mortgage loans simultaneously with your primary mortgage, requiring installment repayment.

Matched Savings Programs

Buyers can deposit funds into an account, with the bank, government agency, or community organization matching the deposit. These funds can be used for down payments.

Rate Simple is your partner in navigating the down payment journey, ensuring you make informed decisions on your path to homeownership.

Embark on your journey toward mortgage approval right here.

At Rate Simple, securing your dream home begins with the first step of the mortgage approval process. By initiating your application with us, you're taking the essential stride toward turning your homeownership aspirations into reality.