Blog Stories 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

By Chad Brackett, June 24, 2019

Freddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that,

“For many prospective homebuyers, saving for a down payment is the largest barrier to achieving the goal of homeownership. Part of the challenge for those planning to purchase a home is their perception of how much they will need to save for the down payment…

…Based on our recent survey of individuals planning to purchase a home in the next three years, nearly a third think they need to put more than 20% down.”

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

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

22% of renters and 31% of homeowners believe lenders require 20% or more of a home’s sale price as a down payment for a typical mortgage today. And,

“If a 20% down payment was required, 70% of those who were planning to buy a home in the next three years said it would delay them from purchasing and nearly 30% indicated they would never be able to afford a home.”  

While many believe at least 20% down is necessary to buy the home of their dreams, they do not realize programs are available which permit as little as 3%. Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined!

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

Many either don’t know or are misinformed concerning the FICO® score necessary to qualify, believing a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher.

To debunk this myth, let’s take a look at Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans.As indicated in the chart above, 52.4% 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.

Chad Brackett

Principal Broker | ADU Specialist | OR & WA

He/Him

Movin' and shakin'... Do you need to buy?  Do you need to sell?  Is moving in your future?  Then let’s talk.  Chad is a Principal Broker, licensed in both Oregon and Washington.  Chad's career has afforded him the opportunity to live in 13 different states across the United States while buying and selling more than 15 homes and investment properties including most recently in the Piedmont neighborhood in Portland.  Originally from a suburb of the Atlanta, Georgia, Chad moved to Portland in 2017 after spending two years in the Bay Area where he started his real estate career.  Chad is a Northwestern at heart.  “I love everything about Portland.  The people, the topography and climate, it is the best place I have live.  From the mountains to the coast, there is just so much for my family to do.”  Chad understands first-hand the challenges with not only buying and selling homes but also understands how to help anyone navigate the moving process.  His previous experiences will be an invaluable resource to you throughout your real estate transaction.  Chad is committed to quality, integrity, professionalism and excellent service when you enlist his services. Prior to beginning his real estate career, Chad had a successful 30-year retail career in sales and operational support for divisions of large organizations like L'Oreal and Limited Brands amongst others. Chad is extremely detail oriented and will utilize his strategic planning, analysis and innovative approach to ensure that you are completely informed throughout the real estate transaction and achieve your desired goals.  He has provided support, training and leadership to thousands of employees and has been a key contributor for hundreds of millions in annual sales volume. If a commitment to service and being the #1 priority is important to you, then contact Chad.
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