Want To Buy A House? Here's How To Save For A Down Payment

Thinking about buying a house within the next 3 years? Or a bit farther down the road? Timing is everything and it turns out that simple question makes a difference.

According to Zillow, the median home value in Diamond Bar is $697,000. So how much of that should you put down? Down payments vary depending on the loan type, but in general they are:

*0% for VA loans
*3.5% for FHA loans
*20% for conventional loans
*Or use this handy down payment calculator to help you.

20% is the recommended down payment on a house.

You may have heard this before, but we’ll say it again. Try to put at least 20% down. Why? If you finance more than 80% of the home value, you will have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). (But if you can take out a VA loan, PMI is not required.)

Even just 3.5% or $24,395 on a home in Diamond Bar, CA is a good chunk of money. And whether you’re fighting the good fight as a small business owner, still paying back those student loans, or just trying to save a bit each month like all of us, it’s hard to know what to do with that money you have managed to save. Which brings us to …

When are you looking to purchase a home?

1. I want to buy a home within 3 years.

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