Inside this Issue…
- Why This Spring Is the Time To Buy
- Expert Insights for Today’s Homebuyers
- Owning Is More Affordable than Renting in Much of the Country
- The Non-Financial Benefits of Homeownership
- The Biggest Opportunity for Homebuyers This Spring
- Why Inflation Shouldn’t Stop You from Buying a Home
- What Buyers Need To Know About Today’s Housing Supply
- Key Terms To Know When Buying a Home
- Your Journey to Homeownership
- How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment?
- Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage
- 5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer
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How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment?
There’s a common misconception that you need to come up with 20% of the total purchase price of a house for your down payment. But is that always how much you have to save to buy a home?
A survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) asks consumers what hurdles they’re facing when saving for a down payment. More than a quarter of those surveyed say they believe a 16% or even a 20% down payment is necessary. The truth is: unless specified by your loan type or lender, it’s typically not required to put that much down.
According to the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from NAR, the median down payment hasn’t been over 20% since 2005. It may sound surprising, but today’s typical down payment is only 13%. That number is even lower for first-time homebuyers (see chart below):