Alternatives to a Traditional Loan for Buying A Home

by Carol McCullough Relocation Certified 09/08/2019

The decision to buy a house is probably the best decision you would ever make. Deciding is the easy part; coming up with the capital to finance the dream is the hard part. Getting a home of your own has its perks, but it can be a daunting process to acquire.

Usually, prospective homeowners seek mortgage loans when they need to get a house they can afford. The traditional mortgage has its terms and conditions for granting out loans. You must satisfy the terms and conditions before such loans become available. 

So, what happens if you do not qualify for a mortgage payment? Does this mean your ‘American Dream’ of owning a home would not see the light of day? There are other channels prospective homeowners can seek loans from aside the traditional mortgage. They include:

Lease-to-own

Lease-to-own is an agreement between the seller and the buyer. The seller rents the house to the buyer temporarily if the buyer can come up with enough money as a down payment. The rent installment paid, out of which a certain amount goes into an escrow account as money to use in securing the home. The contract is usually between a year after which the buyer pays for the balance of the property or packs out and leave. 

Borrow from Your Retirement Account

Borrowing from your retirement account is like borrowing from yourself, but this should only be short term. You will pay a penalty fee of 10% if you are not up to the age of 60 years for taking out money from your retirement account - and you would pay taxes on the amount borrowed. If you lose your job during the process, you must pay back the money borrowed within 60 days. 

Borrow from Your Insurance Policy

What’s the harm in borrowing from your insurance policy especially if your insurance policy allows you to take a loan against your principal? You don’t have to return the money, but you would get less than the amount you or your heir were supposed to get paid when the policy matures. You can apply for the loan through your insurer directly and bear in mind that the rates vary. 

Save Enough for A Down Payment

This method seems like the most convenient, but it requires you to exercise patience. Most lenders now do not need 20% as a down payment anymore but if you can’t come up with enough money as a down payment–save enough until you qualify for a traditional mortgage.

Get A Co-Signer

Getting a friend or a relative to co-sign with you is a great way to increase your chances of qualifying and to secure a loan, especially when they have a higher credit score than you.

Buying a home requires rigorous planning, and it is capital intensive. Weigh all your options before finally deciding. 

About the Author
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Carol McCullough Relocation Certified

As a Fairfield resident with a family commuting daily on Metro North, and our children graduating from Fairfield public schools, I look forward to sharing many of the great attractions in a wonderful community and county! Over the past 18 years with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties, I have helped hundreds of buyers and sellers compete their home search and close on the sale of their property. As a Certified Relocation Specialist, my production results rank in the top 4% nationally while delivering exceptional customer service to my clients and their welcomed referrals. Real Estate is one of the most exciting investments you can make. It should be a fun and rewarding experience. Confident with your home marketing decisions and comfortable with the home marketing process is my commitment to you! I am excited to share several new marketing strategies successfully implemented in Southern Fairfield County! Regardless if you are looking to buy, or about to list your current home, you will soon BE AT HOME when working with Carol! *Connecticut Magazine 2017- Award Winner- 7th consecutive year scoring highest in overall customer satisfaction.