Another mortgage option available to some people is a government loan, providing that you meet the qualifications for these loans.
- Pay off the loan in half the time of a 30-year loan.
- Equity builds up more quickly than in a 30-year loan.
- Payments are higher (which may be a problem if you lose your job or become unable to work).
- Pay off the loan in 2/3 the time of a 30-year loan.
- The overall interest paid is considerably less than for a 30-year loan.
The most common choice, especially for first-time homebuyers, as it’s the easiest of the fixed-rate loans to qualify for.
Monthly payments are lower than for 15-year and 20-year loans. This can prove especially helpful if you do not have a lot of “padding” between the amount you can afford to spend and the monthly payment for your desired property.
More desirable if you plan on staying in the same home for years, since equity builds more slowly than for shorter-term loans.
For income tax purposes, this term provides the maximum interest deduction.
VA Loans: Veterans may qualify for a loan from the Veterans Administration. There is a limit on the amount you can borrow, so this option works best for those buying a lower priced home.
FHA Loans: The Federal Housing Association offers loans to lower-income Americans. Look for the phrase “FHA approved” when looking at ads for homes.
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