The first thing to plan for when it comes to paying for a home is the down payment. Ideally, you want to have a large stash of savings to pay for that.
The traditional 20% down has returned after several years of being out of sight. It is still possible to get a loan that requires less than 20%, but it is not easy to qualify for like it was in the 1990s and early 2000s.
If you already have 20%, you will not need to pay for mortgage insurance, and you will cut your monthly payments as well. If you can raise more than 20%, so much the better. But if you do not have 20%, there are ways to raise it.
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