• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Home Buyer’s Down Payment FAQs

With today’s combination of lower home prices, some of the lowest interest rates the industry has ever offered, and the $8000 tax incentive for first-time buyers, buying a home has never been so attractive. The only real hurdle left for many Americans is coming up with a down payment. With this in mind, we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions we get about down payments in today’s market in the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg Va areas.

Q. Are there any no-down payment programs left?
Yes. While it’s true that most of the popular no-down payment programs disappeared in the wake of the subprime mortgage collapse, there are still two longstanding government-backed programs that offer mortgages with no down payment: the USDA Rural Development Program and the VA Loan Program.
A USDA Guaranteed Loan is a government-insured, 100% purchase loan. This means there is no down payment required if you – and the house you intend to buy – qualify for the program. Not all areas qualify, but you’d be surprised at how many neighborhoods in your area do. There are income and other limitations, but if coming up with a down payment is challenging, you might want to consider this program.
If you or your spouse is a military veteran, you may qualify for a 100% financed loan from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. More than 29 million veterans and service personnel qualify for this service benefit. Give us a call to find out if you’re one of them.
Q. Are there any other government-insured programs that can help someone struggling with a down payment?
Yes. In 1965, the federal government created the FHA loan programs to encourage homeownership throughout the country. FHA-insured mortgages offer many benefits, including a minimum down payment of 3.5%. FHA-insured loans have grown in popularity recently due to the seller’s ability to pay closing costs up to 6% and a temporary increase in loan limits up to $729,750 in certain high-cost areas, which allows more potential buyers to utilize this program.
Q. May I use a gift from family members as part of my down payment?
Yes. In many cases, immediate family can provide monetary gifts to be used as a down payment. There are restrictions of course, and strict documentation will be required, but we will gladly walk you through the finer details of this process. Be sure to mention this option when you’re filling out an application with us.
Q. May I use funds from my IRA for my down payment?
Yes. First-time home buyers can use funds from an IRA under certain circumstances for a down payment. The rules regarding this option, however, can be complicated, especially with a Roth IRA, and it’s important to understand any and all tax implications before tapping into these accounts. Please talk to your tax professional before making any decisions. If you don’t have one, we’ll gladly refer you to one we work with on a regular basis.
Q. May I use the $8,000 tax credit as my down payment?
No. At the time of the writing of this article, qualified first-time home buyers do not have direct access to the $8,000 credit to use as a down payment. In May, HUD officials made an announcement to the contrary, but statements backing the announcement were quickly withdrawn from the HUD website. This doesn’t mean that HUD and lawmakers will not allow this in the future. We’re following this issue closely and will let you know if anything changes. Just keep reading our newsletters and other materials we send to you or give us a call and we’ll let you know if any progress has been made.

To explore loan options, monthly payments, etc for mortgage loans in the Williamsburg VA and Hampton Roads areas contact Nina Efird with Suntrust Mortgage.

Nina brings more than 20 years of experience to her clients. With her vast experience in real estate and mortgages, she has the unique ability to understand the expectations and needs of all parties involved in the mortgage financing process. Nina is known throughout the community for her ability to quickly identify and match each individual’s goals with the appropriate loan products and ensure that her clients’ needs and expectations are met.

Click here to see if you or your home qualifies for USDA Rural Development Program. http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do?NavKey=home@1


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