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Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!

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A survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. There are two major misconceptions that we want to address today.

1. Down Payment

The survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 40% of consumers think a 20% down payment is always required. In actuality, there are many loans written with a down payment of 3% or less.

Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with new programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

2. FICO® Scores 

The survey also revealed that 62% of respondents believe they need excellent credit to buy a home, with 43% thinking a “good credit score” is over 780. In actuality, the average FICO® scores of approved conventional and FHA mortgages are much lower.

The average conventional loan closed in February had a credit score of 752, while FHA mortgages closed with a score of 686. The average across all loans closed in February was 720. The chart below shows the distribution of FICO® Scores for all loans approved in February.

Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW! | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

If you are a prospective buyer who is ‘ready’ and ‘willing’ to act now, but are not sure if you are ‘able’ to, sit down with a professional who can help you understand your true options.


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3 Responses to “Again… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy NOW!”

  1. Troy Erickson April 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm # Reply

    Always good to let consumers know misconceptions about buying a home. Not everyone needs 20% down to buy a home, and there are some down payment programs to help first time home buyers with what money they do need to put down. Also, not everyone needs an excellent credit score to qualify for financing. Over 30% of loans closed in February had a fico score range between 600 and 700.

  2. Tatiana Kolomiets April 26, 2017 at 11:46 pm # Reply

    25% down for a condo in my market.

  3. Sam June 1, 2017 at 6:13 pm # Reply

    Make sure that you mention the high cost of PMI insurance!

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