Make a Home Down Payment Without Wrecking Your Finances
Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: The bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of building equity more quickly.
But putting too much down could leave you without enough cash for home maintenance — or anything else.Pinpointing the right amount involves balancing the advantages of boosting the down payment against the need to hold back money for urgent upgrades, life’s emergencies, and having some fun with your new home.
“There’s really no one-size-fits-all solution,” says Jason Speciner, a certified financial planner in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Effect of a higher down paymentCalculating how different down payments would…
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