Category: Down Payments

    • Will Your Side Hustle Buy You a House This Year?

      The top concern for most first-time home buyers is their ability to save for a down payment. According to a new survey, 36% of millennials took on a second job to make their dreams of homeownership a reality in 2017.  Among millennials with incomes over $100,000 a year, the top ways to come up with […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • 2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

      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 […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Are You Spending TOO Much on Rent?

      Chances are if you are renting you are spending too much of your income on your monthly housing expense. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their rent or mortgage payment. This percentage allows the household to save money for the future while comfortably covering […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Still Think You Need 15-20% Down to Buy a Home? Think Again!

      According to a new study from Urban Institute, there are over 19 million millennials in 31 cities who are not only ready and willing to become homeowners, but are able to as well! Now that the largest generation since baby boomers has aged into prime homebuying age, there will no doubt be an uptick in […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • The Cost of NOT Paying PMI

      Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer as median incomes, rents, and home prices all vary depending on where you live. There is a common misconception among homebuyers that a 20% down payment is required, and it is this limiting belief that often adds months, and sometimes even […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Having Trouble Saving Enough for Your Down Payment? Crowdfund It!

      You read that right! First-time buyers across the country are getting creative when it comes to saving the necessary down payment to buy a home. Many couples are asking their wedding guests to contribute to their “Down Payment Fund” rather than fulfilling a traditional registry. This is fueled by the fact that many couples live […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • Home Buying Myths Slayed [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers. 88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

      Some Highlights:

      • Many buyers are purchasing a home with a down payment as little as 3%.
      • You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don't have perfect credit.
      • Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals who are there to help you determine how much you can afford.
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • First-Time Home Buyers Continue to Put Down Less Than 6%!

      According to the Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% in 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying, but in March, 71% of first-time buyers […]
      Written by Denise Zervos
    • You DO NOT Need 20% Down to Buy Your Home NOW!

      The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that the main reason why non-homeowners do not own their own homes is because they believe that […]
      Written by Denise Zervos