Saving up enough money to buy a home can be challenging for most anyone, but that burden is particularly heavy for first-time homebuyers. Just coming up with the whopping twenty percent down payment. Over half of Americans do not even have one thousand dollars in savings much less fifty to eighty thousand lying around for a down payment.
The good news is you may not necessarily need the full twenty percent down if you are a first-time homebuyer. The average down payment is more around eleven percent, and among buyers under the age of thirty-five, it is even lower at around eight percent. However, even at eight percent in some areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York City eight percent is can still hover around forty to fifty thousand dollars.