A big deterrent for prospective homeowners, however, is the idea of having to pay a 20 percent home down payment. Having to come up with thousands of dollars to secure a mortgage loan can be extremely intimidating.
EL SEGUNDO, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
As the housing market continues its path to recovery, and mortgage interest rates remain low, many Americans are working towards their dream of buying a home.
“A big deterrent for prospective homeowners, however, is the idea of having to pay a 20 percent home down payment,” says Stacey Bumpus, expert contributor to GoBankingRates.com. “Having to come up with thousands of dollars to secure a mortgage loan can be extremely intimidating.”
To make the traditional 20% down payment, for example, the average home buyer would need to save $35,980, according to the most recent data from Zillow.com. For residents of states with higher living costs, such as California, the down payment would be almost double the national figure at $66,080.
But GoBankingRates finds that saving a 20% home down payment isn’t necessary to secure a mortgage loan, and outlines steps for finding a low or no down payment mortgage in their latest guide. The report also includes the pros and cons of a low down payment mortgage, helping consumers weigh the initial benefit against long-term disadvantages (like private mortgage insurance and more interest).
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Source: Zillow.com, Real Estate Market Reports, February 15, 2013.