Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Lori Powers of Academy Mortgage Corporation
Spring is here — and with it comes the most popular time of year to shop for a home. Many people have mistaken ideas about down payments that keep them from becoming homeowners.
Here are five down payment myths and why they’re false:
MYTH 1: I must pay a 20% down payment.
Not true. The typical down payment today is between 5% and 10%, according to SmartAsset.
MYTH 2: My down payment has to be all my own money.
Not true. Borrowers have several options for saving for a home, including gifts from family, such as wedding gifts; grants from nonprofit agencies or public institutions; state down payment assistance programs; and employer assistance.… Read the rest