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How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?

Monday, May 13, 2019   /   by Randy Leaf

How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?

How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?


How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment? | MyKCM



Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state.


Using data from HUDCensus and Apartment List, we determined how long it would take, nationwide, for a first-time buyer to save enough money for a down payment on their dream home. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their monthly housing expense.


By determining the percentage of income spent renting in each state, and the amount needed for a 10% down payment, we were able to establish how long (in years) it would take for an average resident to save enough money to buy a home of their own.


According to the data, residents in Kansas can save for a down payment the quickest, doing so in just over 1 year (1.12). Below is a map that was created using the data for each state:


How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment? | MyKCM


What if you only needed to save 3%?


What if you were able to take advantage of one of Freddie Mac’s or Fannie Mae’s 3%-down programs? Suddenly, saving for a down payment no longer takes 2 to 5 years, but becomes possible in less than a year in most states, as shown on the map below.


How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment? | MyKCM


Bottom Line


Whether you have just begun to save for a down payment or have been saving for years, you may be closer to your dream home than you think! Let’s get together to help you evaluate your ability to buy today.

Salzman Real Estate Team ENGEL & VÖLKERS • LA - South Bay
Dave Salzman
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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