2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers | Simplifying The Market

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership: Down Payment, Credit, and Affordability,” which revealed that,

“Consumers often think they need to put more money down to purchase a home than is actually required. In a 2017 survey, 68% of renters cited saving for a down payment as an obstacle to homeownership. Thirty-nine percent of renters believe that more than 20% is needed for a down payment and many renters are unaware of low–down payment programs.”

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

Buyers often overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the same report:

“Most potential homebuyers are largely unaware that there are low-down payment and no-down payment assistance programs available at the local, state, and federal levels to help eligible borrowers secure an affordable down payment.”  

These numbers do not differ much between non-owners and homeowners. For example, “30% of homeowners and 39% of renters believe that you need more than 20 percent for a down payment.”

While many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream homes, they do not realize that there are programs available which allow them to put down as little as 3%. Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

Myth #2: “I Need a 780 FICO® Score or Higher to Buy”

Similar to the down payment, many either don’t know or are misinformed about what FICO® score is necessary to qualify.

Many Americans believe a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher.

To help debunk this myth, let’s take a look at Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans.

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers | Simplifying The Market

As you can see in the chart above, 51.7% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.

Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or moving up to your dream home, knowing your options will make the mortgage process easier. Your dream home may already be within your reach.

By |2018-11-05T05:00:21+00:00November 5th, 2018|Buying Myths, Down Payments, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers|Comments Off on 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

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I am proud to have 25 years of experience as a Small Business Owner, Corporate Executive and Real Estate Investor. I am a native Idahoan and started my real estate career in 1991 working in title insurance, market development and lending programs in the Treasure Valley. I founded my own small business and later joined private industry with a focus on commercial facility management and construction. My career grew into leadership roles with responsibility for contract and real estate management, client negotiation, relocation, investment plan administration, project management, risk management and ethics. Most recently, I have joined the long-standing family real estate business, partnering with my mom (Shirley Hicks) as a second generation Real Estate Entrepreneur to do what I love. I’m passionate about assisting first time home buyers in their journey to achieve home ownership, partnering with seasoned home owners to facilitate buying and selling residential property and working with investors to augment their portfolios with real estate. Turning a house into a home and a place into a community is a benefit like none other. I Look forward to our paths crossing for all of your future real estate needs.