For the good and bad of it (and there is both a bad and good side to this), home mortgages require only 3% down and as low as a 580 FICO score to qualify.
Great news for credit worthy but cash starved buyers; maybe bad news for the health of the real estate market long term, if we get back into the sub prime mess of 2008.
We shall see.
“Progressive”, Liberal policies centralized in federal government caused the last meltdown. Some signs that we are heading there again, but we are not there yet.
Fannie Mae’s “What do consumers know about the Mortgage Qualification Criteria?” Studyrevealed that Americans are misinformed about what is required to qualify for a mortgage when purchasing a home.
Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”
Fannie Mae’s survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 76% of Americans either don’t know (40%) or are misinformed (36%) about the minimum down payment required.
Many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream home. New programs actually let buyers put down as little as 3%.
Below are the results of a Digital Risk survey of Millennials who recently purchased a home.
As you can see, 64.2% were able to purchase their home by putting down less than 20%, with 43.8% putting down less than 10%!
Myth #2: “I need a 780 FICO Score or Higher to Buy”
The survey revealed that 59% of Americans either don’t know (54%) or are misinformed (5%) about what FICO score is necessary to qualify.
Many Americans believe a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher.
To help debunk this myth, let’s take a look at the latest Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans. As you can see below, 54.1% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.
Whether buying your first home or moving up to your dream home, knowing your options will definitely make the mortgage process easier. Your dream home may already be within your reach.