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One More Time…You DO NOT Need 20% Down

Tuesday, July 14, 2015   /   by Tina Redding

One More Time…You DO NOT Need 20% Down

One More Time You Don't Need 20% Down | Keeping Current Matters


A recent survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is actually necessary to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The study pointed out 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, 36% think a 20% down payment is always required. In actuality, there are many loans written with a down payment of 3% or less and the number has increased through the first quarter of the year as shown by the graph below:


Percent of Low Down Payments | Keeping Current Matters


2. FICO Scores


The survey also reported that two-thirds of the respondents believe they need a very good credit score to buy a home, with 45 percent thinking a “good credit score” is over 780. In actuality, the average FICO scores of approved conventional and FHA mortgages are much lower:


Average FICO Scores | Keeping Current Matters


Bottom Line


If you are a prospective purchaser who is ‘ready’ and ‘willing’ to buy but not sure if you are also ‘able’, sit down with someone who can help you understand your true options.


*Source Keeping Current Matters


Tina Redding, RealtorEXIT Real Estate Solutions, 103 Hazel Path Ct, Suite 2, Hendersonville TN 37075

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