You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home
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.
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. But guess what?! 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! In fact, 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.
How do you find out how much YOU need to save? Speak with a mortgage lender. He/she can review your application with you to determine what you qualify for, and can explain the different options. Then you can determine if purchasing right away makes sense or if waiting is a better fit; applying for a home loan does not lock you into an immediate purchase, it just gives the lender the thumbs up to run credit and see what you qualify for.
If your five-year plan includes buying a home, speak to a mortgage lender to determine what it will take to make that plan a reality. You may be closer to your dream than you realize! Once you are pre-approved for a mortgage, contact us or your realtor to start your home search.