The jumbo property market in Florida is in much better shape than most markets around the country. However, sales are still slow in the upper end for a few reasons. But, one of the least discussed is the large down payment and reserve requirements for jumbo mortgages. The down payments required are generally 20%-25% of the purchase price. That’s a large chunk of money on a $800,000 purchase. But, the limiting factor for a lot of would-be buyers is actually the reserve requirement needed on top of the down payment. Reserves are defined as liquid cash left over after down payment and closing costs. Most lenders are requiring 12-24 months of Principal, Interest, taxes and insurance. Let’s assume an $800k purchase with 20%. This produces a Principal, Interest, Taxes and insurance payment of $5600. This means an $800k purchase requires at least $160k for the down payment and $67,200 in cash to meet the reserve requirement, for a total of over $227k needed in cash.

Let’s compare that to the jumbo mortgage product offered by Hurst Lending & Insurance and Jumbo Rates Florida in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. For qualified borrowers, only 10% down is required up to $875K. Only 6 months of reserves are required. This cuts the cash needed from the borrower in half, from over $227k to $116k. By anyone’s calculation, $116k is much easier to come up with than $227k. And the 30 year fixed rates start as low as 5.25% with only 10% down. If you are in the market to buy a jumbo property or if you are marketing a jumbo property for sale please contact info@hurstlending.com or call Jay Hurst at 214 824 2986 to see how we can help.