There are some mortgages for first time buyers that allow them to use someone they know, usually a family member to act as a guarantor on behalf of you. The method in this is that the guarantor will guarantee that the mortgage payment will definitely be made on time. This option may mean that the guarantor may end up making the payments themselves if the buyer finds themselves in financial difficulty.
The guarantor will usually have to hold collateral themselves in the form of property to be a viable option for banks. Because of the fact that the guarantor offers extra security for the lender this option may come with a lower deposit required to secure a mortgage.
While this is a good option to take, finding somebody that trusts you enough to guarantee your monthly payments may take some doing.
There is more information on being a guarantor.
The FHA (The Federal Housing Administration) is one of the first places most new homebuyers go when they are after a mortgage with only a low down payment to offer. The FHA offer low down payments along with attractive mortgage rates.
There is of course a downside to this type of mortgage and that is the fees. There is a one-time fee of 1.75% of the amount borrowed this is an insurance mortgage premium. There are also annual insurance premiums of 1.20% to 1.25% on 30 year mortgages; however these can be paid on a monthly basis which will be easier than finding the money to put down all at once.
The interest rates on FHA mortgages are also typically lower than conventional mortgages, which means the difference between an FHA mortgage and conventional mortgage costs are fairly similar.
Another option that is popular is the 80/20 loan (also known as the piggybank loan). This type of loan would have you borrow 80% then 20% which then gives you 100% of the home price. The first loan is for 80% of the purchase price and the second loan is for 20% of the purchase price.
What happens in the scenario of a borrower not having any money at all for a down payment is they will take out another loan of 20% of the home’s value as an equity loan thus not needing a down payment on either the 80% loan or the 20% loan.
Opportunities for mortgages with no down payment are becoming more and more rare these days. There are still ways for sensible homebuyers to find their way into the market, but a lot of careful planning and money management needs to go into it as high interest rates can end up catching people out in the long term.