One of the biggest concerns that many potential homebuyers have about purchasing a home is their lack of money for a down payment. While it’s true that in a perfect world it’s ideal to put as much money toward a down payment as possible, not all home loans require a significant down payment. In fact, some loans don’t require one at all. Don’t let fears of having to make a hefty down payment be a deterrent to pursuing the home you’ve always wanted. The reality is you have other options. Following are the three most popular loans for buying a home without potentially forking over your entire savings on a down payment.

1. USDA Loans

Formally known as a “Rural Housing Loan,” this type of loan is made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Borrowers who go this route can buy a home without making a down payment of any amount. To qualify for a USDA loan, you must have a credit score of 620 or higher and buy in an eligible rural or suburban area. You also must be within certain income limits. For more info about these limits and whether a USDA loan is a good option for you, let a Fairway of the Carolinas mortgage adviser offer some expert advice.

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2. VA Loans

Veterans, active duty military personnel, military wives, honorably discharged service members and those who’ve served in the Reserves or National Guard may be eligible for a VA loan — which comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. VA loans require no down payment and no Mortgage Insurance along with many other perks. These include — among others — flexible credit requirements, below-market mortgage rates and the absence of a maximum loan amount. For much more on VA loans, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website. Then, consult with your Fairway of the Carolinas mortgage adviser.

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3. FHA Loans

FHA loans — which are insured by the Federal Housing Administration — do require a down payment. However, at just 3.5 percent in all U.S. markets, it’s still far less than you would pay on many loans. The other big advantage to FHA is you can typically secure this type of loan with a relatively low credit score. And, if you’re really lucky, you might just get the entire 3.5 percent down payment covered by a financial gift. This could come from a family member or a qualified non-profit or government agency. Check with your Fairway loan adviser to find out if an FHA loan is your best bet for keeping your down payment at a minimum.

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Down Payment Assistance Programs

There may be a down payment assistance program for which you qualify. A lot of these programs are available at a local level, so it’s important to find a local Fairway lender to help you find the best down payment program for you. 

You can check out different down payment assistance programs here. 


While a USDA loan, VA loan or FHA loan might be right for many homebuyers, they aren’t ideal for everyone. Click here to explore alternatives. Also, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today with any questions you have. We’ll be happy to walk you through your best loan options for a minimal down payment. Let’s plan to connect soon!



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