Common Down Payment Myths

Dated: 11/16/2018

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Down payments are an important part of the home buying process. However, many people get sucked into believing some misleading myths about down payments that keep them from buying a house. Here are three of the most common myths.

Myth 1: You must have 20% down

This is a common myth, but it is simply not true. Depending on the type of loan you get, such as FHA, you can have as little as 3.5% down, or even zero down in the case of loans like the VA loan.


Myth 2: Cash is always king

You may have heard that first-time buyers are often snubbed for all cash offers. Many people think that a seller will always choose cash over a loan, but this isn’t true. A seller’s choice will come down to their priorities. If you make a good offer, you can still be competitive against a cash offer.

Myth 3: You can use a loan for your down payment

You can have a down payment gifted to you, but you cannot use a loan without affecting your mortgage approval amount. You also will need proof that the money was a gift.

If you would like to learn more about down payments, talk to an experienced real estate agent. To speak with one of our BMP Network agents, click HERE.

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