One of the biggest misconceptions for first-time condo or home buyers is how much you’ll need to save for a down payment. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to put 20% down to buy a condo or house. Here’s how it breaks down.
A recent survey by Point2Homes mentions that 74% of millennials (ages 25-40) say they’re interested in purchasing over the next 12 months. The study notes, “88% say they have significantly less savings than the average national down payment amount, which is $62,600.”
Thankfully, $62,600 is not the amount every buyer needs for a down payment in the United States. There are many different options available, especially for first-time buyers (millennial or not). That amount can also be significantly less, depending on the purchase price of the condo or house.
“In 2019, the median down payment was 12 percent for all buyers, six percent for first-time buyers, and 16 percent for repeat buyers.” (See graph below):
That means if a qualified first-time buyer purchases a home at today’s median price, $310,600, with a 6% down payment, in reality, the down payment only amounts to $18,636. That’s nowhere near $62,600.
Knowing there are also programs like FHA where the down payment can be as low as 3.5% of the purchase price for a first-time buyer, that up-front cost could be significantly less – as little as $10,871 for the same home noted above. There are also other programs like USDA and loans for Veterans that waive down payment requirements.
The Point2Homes study also shares how much millennials have indicated they’ve saved for a down payment. As we can see in the graph below, 39% have already saved enough for a down payment on a median-priced condo or home. Another 47% are close to reaching that goal, depending on the purchase price.Unfortunately, the lack of knowledge about the buying process is keeping many motivated first-time buyers on the sidelines. That’s why it’s important to contact a local real estate professional to understand the requirements in your local area if you want to buy a condo or home. A trusted agent and your lender can guide you through the process.
Be careful not to let big myths about buying keep you and your family out of the housing market. Let’s connect to discuss your options today. Give us a call at The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or email email@example.com.