Financial Options When Buying a Home
Cash vs. Mortgage: An Overview
Everywhere you turn, you hear how bad it is to carry debt. So naturally, it's logical to think that buying a home with cash—or sinking as much cash as possible into your home to avoid the massive debt associated with a mortgage—is the smartest choice for your financial health.
But there's a lot to consider when contemplating purchasing a home outright versus financing it. Here are some of the major differences between using cash and taking out a mortgage to buy a home.
- Paying cash for a home means you won't have to pay interest on a loan and any closing costs.
- Paying off your mortgage (or not having one in the first place) provides a significant emotional relief that shouldn't be discounted.
- Investing your cash in the stock market, especially in a tax-advantaged account, will leave you with a higher net worth than paying off your mortgage faster.
- Obtaining a mortgage is a crucial step in purchasing your first home, and there are several factors for choosing the best one.
- Lenders will evaluate your creditworthiness and your ability to repay based on your income, assets, debts, and credit history.
- As you choose a mortgage, you’ll have to decide between a fixed or floating rate, the number of years to pay off your mortgage, and the size of your down payment.
- Conventional loans are mortgages that the government does not insure.
- Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for more favorable terms through a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) loan, or another type of government-guaranteed loan.
- As a first-time homebuyer, you may be eligible for special programs that allow you to access deeply discounted homes and put low or no money down.