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One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

Updated: Jun 24, 2019


The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses.

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.

And in a recent Convergys Analytics report, they found that 49% of renters believe they need at least a 20% down payment. Meanwhile the median down payment on loans approved in 2018 was only 5%!

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!


Bottom Line: You be closer to your dream than you realize! Call me today to find out.

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