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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.


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!


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!


Bottom Line

If your five-year plan includes buying a home, let’s get together to determine what it will take to make that plan a reality. You may be closer to your dream than you realize!

I can help you navigate the home buying process and save you time, and certainly save you money. I get paid on commission by the seller when I bring them a buyer, so my services are completely free to home buyers. It is important for you to have your interests represented during the home buying process.

See you next time. 

Jennifer Sofield

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Copass Real Estate -Main Line

Compass RE - Jennifer Sofield - Agent

Suburban Square

6 E Montgomery Avenue, Suite 105

Ardmore, PA 19003

Jennifer Sofield is a team of Pennsylvania real estate licensee affiliated with Compass RE and the Town & Line Team. Compass RE is a licensed real estate broker and abides by equal housing opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage. Compass RE Main Line office phone:  (610) 822-3356. Broker of Record: John Bilek. 

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