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High Rents are Creating First-Time Homebuyers

Many would-be homebuyers cannot afford a down payment because they are putting so much money toward rent, while the reason they are putting so much money toward rent is they can't afford a down payment. A recent survey shows which way they might be leaning.

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Fannie, Freddie Introduce Low Down Payment Programs

By lowering the down payment down to 3 percent, leaders from the GSEs and the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) hope to increase homeownership and particularly household formation by offering loans to those who can afford mortgages but lack resources to make a 20 percent down payment plus closing costs.

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Growing Non-Mortgage Debt Weighing on Homeownership

In an analysis of housing affordability in 512 U.S. counties, RealtyTrac discovered that lowering the down payment for a conventional mortgage loan from 20 percent to 3 percent would still not translate to housing affordability for a majority of those with non-mortgage debt such as student loans or a car payment.

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Half of Millennial Buyers Plan to Seek Help from Parents

According to a consumer survey conducted by Trulia, 60 percent of American adults age 18–34 say a lack of savings, poor credit, and severe debt stand between them and homeownership. As a result, 50 percent would have to ask for help from their parents or grandparents to put together enough money to clear the initial hurdle of making a down payment.

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