The Triangle’s spring real estate market is heating up, and buyers are looking for ways to strengthen their offers and stand out among their competition. One popular piece of advice is for buyers to increase the size of their down payment. Many buyers wonder why this would make a difference to sellers, since sellers receive payment in full at closing regardless of how much down payment there is in the sale. Flat Fee Realty wants buyers to know that it’s what happens before closing that makes a difference to sellers.
Here are three reasons sellers prefer a larger down payment:
- A larger down payment makes the appraisal easier: For all sales financed with a mortgage, the lender performs an appraisal to justify a home’s purchase price and the loan amount. If the appraisal is too low, they won’t fund the mortgage, making the sale impossible. A larger down payment decreases the loan-to-value ratio, making the appraisal more likely to go through without any issues.
- Down payment size indicates a buyer’s level of commitment: While the days of 0% down loans aren’t completely gone, there has been an unmistakable trend towards larger down payments. More money down usually signifies a greater commitment to the property, putting anxious sellers at ease. Motivated sellers want assurance that they won’t have to deal with additional showings, more offers, and ultimately, more stress.
- A larger down payment (sometimes) means a more qualified buyer: In reality, a buyer putting down 5% can be much more financially qualified to purchase a home than s buyer putting down 20%. Credit issues, employment, and other factors come into play. But in seller’s minds, the fact that a buyer has amassed a decent amount of cash signified a level of financial and personal responsibility (whether or not this is true is anybody’s guess).
Each of these scenarios comes down to one important factor: the ability to close the transaction. In the end, there’s no real difference between a down payment of 0% or 50%, as long as the sale goes through. Logical or not, a larger down payment simply gives many sellers peace of mind.
Home buyers and sellers are surprised to find out that although real estate transactions have a financial aspect to them, there is a lot of psychology as well. If you’re looking for a stress-free buying or selling process, contact the experienced agents at Flat Fee Realty today!
This post on selling and buying a home in the Triangle is brought to you by the team at Flat Fee Realty and is intended for informational purposes only.
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