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NAR HOME Survey: Renters have affordability concerns, uncertainty about downpayment requirements

Sep 19, 2016
Lofty home-price growth and tight supply are leading to softening confidence among renters about whether it’s a good time to buy a home, according to the latest installment of the National Association of REALTORS Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey. The survey also found that a misconception about how much of a downpayment is needed to buy could be unnecessarily delaying some qualified young adults from entering the market. 
Heading into the autumn months, the share of homeowners and renters who believe now is a good time to buy remains at a solid majority but has crept downward since the beginning of this year. Seventy-eight percent of homeowners (80 percent in June; 82 percent in March) and 60 percent of renters (62 percent in the previous two quarters) said it’s a good time to buy.
This quarter’s HOME survey also found that awareness of low-down-payment mortgage options was scarce across all ages, income brackets and education levels. Fewer than 20 percent in each group indicated that they need 10 percent or less to finance their home purchase. Those ages 65 and older (43 percent) and under the age of 35 (37 percent) were the most likely to believe that they need more than 20 percent.
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