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Down Payments are the Biggest Barrier to Homeownership

Down payments are holding back renters from entering the housing market. Mortgage payments tend to be considerably cheaper than a rent payment on a monthly basis, but Zillow’s Housing Aspirations Report found that 70 percent of renters across the country are find high down payment costs to be the top roadblock to homeownership.

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Home Inventory’s Effect on Consumer Confidence

Fifty-six percent of renters feel that now is a good time to buy a home, which is down from 57 percent last quarter, and down even further from 62 percent a year ago. Comparatively, 80 percent of homeowners feel now is a good time to buy.

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Renters May Actually Be Choosers

Conventional wisdom has long suggested that renters rent because they can’t afford to buy homes. But one analysis has posed the question of whether renters are renting out of necessity or choice.

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Low Credit Score May be Keeping Many Renters from Homeownership

An analysis of millions of credit reports comparing financial behavior patterns of those who currently rent and those who have a current mortgage revealed that tens of millions of renters might not qualify for a mortgage due to a low credit score—and that a large share of renters have other outstanding debt that is currently in collections.

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What’s Keeping Renters From Homeownership?

Seventy percent of renters still believe that renting is more affordable than owning a home and 55 percent of renters plan to continue renting for at least the next three years, according to a Freddie Mac survey.

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