There are a number of programs for low or no down payment options. Veterans can get into a home with no down payment or closing costs. In qualifying areas, USDA has zero down payment programs. FHA requires a 3.5% down payment and there are conventional programs for as little as 3% or 5% down.
People with credit issues need expert opinions about their specific situation. Borrowers with bankruptcies or foreclosures may be eligible to purchase again after certain periods of time. There are short-term fixes for some types of credit problems. There is an extended list of individual issues that a skilled mortgage professional may be able to overcome.
Most tenants can lower the cost of housing considerably by owning their own home when appreciation, amortization, and tax savings are considered. The savings in the first year alone could easily be more than the down payment required.
Plug in your own numbers in our Rent vs. Own calculator to see what your real cost of housing may be. Contact us for a recommendation of a mortgage professional who can give you accurate information about your situation.