How much down payment do I need to buy a house?
Many Americans are unclear on how much of a down payment they need in order to buy a home. Misinformation about down payment requirements is one of the biggest reasons why more people don’t even consider buying a home. They simply don’t think that they can.
In a recent study done by Fannie Mae, 40% of Americans “Don’t Know” how much down payment is required to buy a home, while another 15% think you need at least 20%. A further 21% think you need at least 10%. That’s 76% of people who are misinformed about their ability to buy a home.
You may be wondering what the actual amount of down payment needed to buy a home is. The answer is that it depends on the type of loan you want to get.
The accompanying chart illustrates the average down payment amount that buyers put down based on loan type. For all loans across the board, the average down payment is 21% of purchase price. For a Conventional Loan, the average is quite high at 31%, but can go as low as 3%. VA Loans, which are known for the option of putting 0% down, average at 2%. FHA loans allow as low as 3.5% down, however the average falls around 4%.
The actual amount required for a down payment to buy a home is significantly lower than most people realize. Don’t let a common misconception keep you from buying your dream home.
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