Do I really Need 20% down to purchase a home?

    Do I really Need 20% down to purchase a home?

    Feb 22, 2021

    You’ve most likely heard the rule:

    Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home.

    The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders.

    Do I really need 20% down to purchase?

    The short answer, NO!

    There are actually loan programs that require ZERO down and some offer as low as 3-5% down, these programs are income-based and some are area specific. But there can actually be financial benefits to putting down a small down payment—from three to five percent—rather than parting with so much cash up front, even if you have the money available.

    THE DOWNSIDE

    The downsides of a small down payment are pretty well known. You’ll have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) for years, and the lower your down payment, the more you’ll pay. You’ll also be offered a lesser loan amount than borrowers who have a 20-percent down payment, which will eliminate some homes from your search.

    THE UPSIDE

    The national average for home appreciation in 2020 was about 7%. The appreciation is independent of your home payment, so whether you put down 20 percent or three percent, the increase in equity is the same. If you’re looking at your home as an investment, putting down a smaller amount can lead to a higher return on investment, while also leaving more of your savings free for home repairs, upgrades, or other investment opportunities.

    THE HAPPY MEDIUM

    Of course, your home payment options aren’t binary. Most borrowers can find some common ground between the security of a traditional 20% and, investment-focused, small down payment. As your trusted real estate professional I can provide some answers as you explore your financing options.

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