20% Down Payment To Buy A Home is Not Accurate For Everyone

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rummy Dhanoa Real Estate Experts

One of the biggest rock potential buyers face is saving up for the down payment, and the sad truth is a lot of Americans find it as a deterrent and just give up their dreams of buying a home of their own.

The truth of the matter is, you don't need 20% Down to buy a home. In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters and those living rent-free with family or friends) believe they need to save upwards of 20% for their down payment!

According to the "Barriers to Accessing Homeownership" study commissioned in partnership between the Urban Institute, Down Payment Resource, and Freddie Mac, 39% of non-homeowners and 30% of those who already own a home believe they need more than a 20% down payment.

The percentage of those who are aware of low down payment programs (those under 5%) is surprisingly low at 12% for non-homeowners and 13% for homeowners. In a recent Convergys Analytics report, they found that 49% of renters believe they need at least a 20% down payment.

The median down payment on loans approved in 2018 was only 5%! Those waiting until they have over 20% may already have enough saved to buy now! There are over 45 million millennials (33%) who are mortgage ready right now, meaning their income, debt, and credit scores would all allow them to qualify for a mortgage today!

If your five-year plan includes buying a home, meet with a local real estate professional who can help you determine what it will take to make that plan a reality. You may be closer to your dream than you realize!



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