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You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You Think

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In a study conducted by Builder.com, researchers determined that nationwide, it would take “nearly eight years” for a first-time buyer to save enough for a down payment on their dream home.

Depending on where you live, median rents, incomes and home prices all vary. By determining the percentage of income a renter spends on housing in each state, and the amount needed for a 10% down payment, they were able to establish how long (in years) it would take for an average resident to save.

According to the study, residents in South Dakota are able to save for a down payment the quickest in just under 3.5 years. Below is a map created using the data for each state:

You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You Think | Keeping Current Matters

What if you only needed to save 3%?

What if you were able to take advantage of one of the Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae 3% down programs? Suddenly saving for a down payment no longer takes 5 or 10 years, but becomes attainable in under two years in many states as shown in the map below.

You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You Think | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Whether you have just started to save for a down payment, or have been for years, you may be closer to your dream home than you think! Meet with a local real estate professional who can help you evaluate your ability to buy today.


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2 Responses to “You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You Think”

  1. Sadhbh April 11, 2016 at 9:07 am # Reply

    It’s so hard to save for a substantial down payment. You really have to have a great plan in mind and a lot of patience. But it’s totally worth it. There is nothing as satisfying as home ownership.

  2. Walt Bailey April 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm # Reply

    Use a USDA loan or an FHA State Bond Loan here in WA State. No money down!!

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