downpayment Archive

The Down Payment Challenge and the Typical Renter

Tight credit characterizes the current housing environment. Buyers with large down payments are reported to have the bidding edge for houses. However, 60 percent of first–time buyers made a down payment of 6 percent or less as of February...

Fewer First-time Buyers Obtaining Mortgages With Low Down Payment

NAR’s REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey data shows that fewer first-time buyers are obtaining mortgages with down payment of 6 percent or less [1]. In 2009, among REALTORS® who reported a sale to a first-time home buyer, 74 percent of...

37 Percent of REALTORS® With Mortgage Sales Reported Downpayment of 20+%

Based on data from the January 2014 REALTOR® Confidence Index survey, about 37 percent of respondents who reported a mortgage-financed sale reported a down payment of 20 percent or more. Under more cautious underwriting standards, buyers may have to...

Cash Down Payments Continue to be High

The December 2011 Realtors Confidence Index survey reports that cash down payments are at or above 20 percent of the home sales price in 34 percent of the transactions. This level of high down payments appears to be relatively...

October 2011 RVP Reports, Region 1: Downpayments

The share of buyers making a downpayment of 20% or more accounted for one third of all transactions in Region 1 (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut) during the 3rd quarter. Downpayment requirements have been elevated...