Q: What is the down payment?
A: The down payment is the property value less the loan amount. It is not the same as the borrower's cash outlay if some of that outlay is used for settlement costs. On a newly constructed home, the land value can be part or all of the down payment.
Q: If the appraised value of a home exceeds the sale price, can the difference be applied to the down payment?
A: No, the property value upon which down payment requirements are based is the lower of sale price and appraised value. An appraisal higher than the price is disregarded. more...