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Having Trouble Saving for a Down Payment? Try These Outside the Box Tips

by Rosemary Pezzano 11/19/2018

Saving for a down payment on a house can seem like an insurmountable challenge to first-time homebuyers. You don’t have the benefit of equity built from owning previous homes, and most, if not all, of your income could be tied up in other places like paying rent and bills.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry--you’re not alone. The good news is that there are some other things you might try before giving up on saving for a down payment.

In today’s post, we’re going to discuss a few techniques for saving for a down payment that you might not yet have thought of, and talk about how to can start saving sooner rather than later.

1. Know your options

Many first-time buyers aren’t aware of all of the different mortgage types that may be available to them. VA loans, USDA loans, and more are all available to buyers who don’t have a large down payment saved up.

There’s also the common myth that your down payment needs to be at least 20% percent of the cost of the home. However, this number is more like an ideal figure that will allow you to avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Before determining how much you need to save, make sure you understand all of your options.

2. Learn the art of budgeting

Most of us use the term “budget” as a vague word that means the amount of money we can spend.

The true point of a budget, however, is to gain a detailed understanding of where your money goes and to develop a plan.

One good method of budgeting is to do what budget experts call, “giving every dollar a job.” This means that you know where each dollar o your paycheck will go.

There are many tools available for you to use when budgeting. You can use a free app like a spreadsheet from Google Sheets, or a service that connects you your bank account like Mint. Mint will also let you set goals (such as saving for a down payment) so you can track your progress.

3. Asking for a raise

Depending on how long you’ve been at your job and your work performance, it might be time to ask your employer for a raise up front. Many employers are more than happy to reward hard work and dedication, but just don’t hand out money if they aren’t asked.

4. Start that side hustle

There are a lot of ways to earn extra money in a service economy. From waiting tables at night to delivering packages for Amazon, and giving lifts in your car for Uber, there are numerous ways to earn some extra cash in the evenings.

Just remember that you want this project to be something that’s enjoyable or interesting, otherwise it’s easy to burn out from overwork.

5. See if you have employee assistance options

Some employers offer housing assistance programs to their employees as a work benefit. If you haven’t flipped through your HR packet in a while, now might be a good time to make sure you’re taking advantage of your options.

About the Author

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Rosemary Pezzano
  • WHO I AM…

There are many reasons why I enjoy my career as a REALTOR. The main reason is the deep satisfaction that comes from helping people realize their dreams, helping them through the major transition that accompanies selling, buying and moving. Another reason is that no transactions are the same. Each one has its own characteristics and challenges. It is through overcoming the challenges that enables me to improve my quality of service. Each and every day I work at perfecting my attention to detail and my commitment to excellence while being mindful of my core values.

  • WHAT I CAN DO…

Since relocating in 2001 to Four Seasons at Upper Freehold Gated Active Adult Community, I have become an enthusiastic cheerleader! Having first-hand knowledge and sharing that knowledge has contributed towards a reputation for achieving results, not just promises! Listening, delivering necessary information, helping to negotiate the best possible price and terms and making sure all details are covered help to have a successful closing. This comes from over 40 years of real estate experience. 

  • COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Four Seasons at Upper Freehold is located in rural Upper Freehold, southwestern Monmouth County. The 387 single family residences naturally blend with the surrounding rural landscape and the neighboring Borough of Allentown with its many antique shops and boutiques. For the young at heart, Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park and Safari is also nearby. Commuting lies within 60 miles of New York City and 35 miles from Philadelphia with easy access to Princeton and the Jersey Shore. Neighboring Quaker Bridge Mall and Freehold Mall for all your shopping needs and the Hamilton Marketplace nearby.

  • WHAT CLIENTS AND CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
06/07/2018 - Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Allentown, NJ.

Rosemary was a pleasure to deal with - very responsive, professional, knowledgeable and went above and beyond for us. She made a very overwhelming situation of selling my parents' house into a manageable, do able process that I couldn't even fathom getting thru at the onset. The house was sold and closed in a month's time and I am still pinching myself that we got through this huge undertaking so readily. This truly is thanks to Rosemary. She is wonderful!

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04/20/2018 - Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Allentown, NJ.
Rosemary was very easy to work with and gave me a lot of good advice for selling a home within Four Seasons / Allentown (some of which I should have taken sooner!). She and her husband (who is also a Realtor) were incredibly helpful with many of the small (and some not so small) details of getting our house prepped and sold. Because I lived a ways away from the house I was selling, there were many times when Rosemary or her husband were able to save me a trip to handle something at the home while it was on the market, showing that they will do whatever it takes to help make a sale go smoothly, and I greatly appreciate their help. Rosemary responded quickly to all of my questions via phone, email, or text; I never waited long to hear back from her no matter the day or time.

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10/07/2016 - Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Allentown, NJ.

I am thankful I chose to have Rosemary sell my house. Through every step of the process she kept me informed, made useful suggestions and helped. Here are just four examples. Just before we put the house on the market, she made a suggestion to relocate a piece of furniture. And yes, after moving it, the room looked larger. The house was listed on a Wednesday and by noon on Friday I had a full price offer. When the new buyers suggested the landscape plantings were overgrown, she had her husband come over to trim the worse offenders. At the end of the process, after the house had been cleaned for the new owners' walk-through and because I had had to move out of the area, she and her husband put out the remaining five cans of trash. After the closing I got a call from her because some of my mail had been delivered to my just-sold house rather than having been forwarded. She offered to take it to the Post Office for forwarding and to alert them to the problem. These are just four examples of the many ways Rosemary (and her husband) helped make the difficult process of selling my house as painless and as smooth as possible. Thank you Rosemary (and husband)!!

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09/21/2015 - Sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Allentown, NJ.

If you are selling a house in this area, use Rosemary as your agent. She worked tirelessly to get our house sold. She was very involved, handled many, many details for us, and was extremely knowledgeable about the value of homes in the area. She even arranged for her husband to help us out in several instances. She kept me updated and led us through every step of the process, explaining what we needed to do and how things would progress. We no longer live in the area and without her, we would never have been able to handle the sale long distance. She was wonderful to work with.Less 

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09/09/2015 - Sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Allentown, NJ.

Rosemary pays attention to details and knew exactly the type of exposure the home needed to get the job done. We had the home listed for sale 2 other times with another realtor with no results. Rosemary felt that the home needed to be professionally photographed and she was right. The photos brought in numerous buyers and the home sold in a few weeks. I would recommend Rosemary to anyone who wishes to sell their home in a timely manner for a fair price.