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Why Is 20% Ideal for a Down Payment?


The minimum down payment required for a conventional loan is 3%. And the minimum down payment for an FHA loan is 3.5%. Some special loan programs even allow for 0% down payments. But still, a 20% down payment is considered ideal when purchasing a home. You may have heard this referred to as the 20% rule.


For many home shoppers, saving up for a 20% down payment is not easy, but it can have significant financial benefits. For starters, it will help you avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI) and lower your monthly mortgage payments. The info-graph below looks at all the benefits of a 20% down payment for a mortgage: