2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers
Buying a home is a huge commitment and one which should be considered
carefully before undertaking. Not only are you committing to years of the
mortgage, but you are also putting down roots in a community for some period of
time. As more and more Millennials consider the pros and cons of buying their
first home, they are often confronted with a barrage of information containing
half-truths and outright lies. Here are 2 common myths which cause my potential
buyers to hold off buying a home.
Myth #1 – You have to have a 20% down payment.
While it’s true that most 0% down loans have disappeared after the mortgage
meltdown last decade, it’s also true that there are some very attractive loan
options that do not require a 20% down payment. Although loans with less than
an 80% loan-to-value do require private mortgage insurance, which adds cost to
the monthly payment, there are many options available with a lower down
payment; many lenders offer conventional loans with 5-10% down payments, FHA
loans for first-time homebuyers require only a 3.5% down payment. Qualified
veterans can also use the VA loan program to purchase a home with 0%.
Myth #2 – You need great credit
While it is certainly helpful to have a high FICO score and great credit, their loan
programs available for buyers will lower scores. In fact, a survey done last fall
indicated that over 50% of new loans in the past year were for people with FICO
scores in the 600-649 range.
The main point is that buying a home is a great investment in your future, both
financially and personally. Before you assume you aren’t ready to buy a home,
talk with a lender and learn your options. Don’t let these myths keep you from a