Is it Wise to Save More For Your Down Payment?

Are you a first-time buyer wondering how you’ll ever have
enough of a down payment to buy your first home?

Do you wonder how much down payment you need for a home? Did
you know that if you’re buying a home and using FHA financing your down payment
could be as little as 3.5?. Ten percent down loans are also making a comeback
and are quite common once again.

But should you wait and save more for your down payment so
you can be 20% down? In our current market, that might not be such a great

Home values have been increasing rapidly in the last year.
An area in Belmont known as Sterling Downs offers many first time buyers
affordable living options. But the values there have been rising with the rest
of the tide.

This graph illustrates the price trend in the last year in
Sterling Downs, Belmont. We used homes which closed escrow since January of
last year that were three bedrooms and between 900 and 1,100 square feet so
that the sale prices weren’t affected by the size of homes selling.

Clearly it would be near impossible to keep up with the increase
in the selling prices simply by saving more money each month from your paycheck. We estimate
that in 2012 to date the average Sterling Downs home increased $75,000 or just over
$5,000 per month.

If you have been waiting to buy a home and need some advice
on some of the varying financing options which are available, feel free to contact us and
we’ll refer you to one of the great mortgage brokers who can answer all of your


The information
contained in this article is educational and intended for informational
purposes only. It does not constitute real estate, tax or legal advice, nor
does it substitute for advice specific to your situation. Always consult an
appropriate professional familiar with your scenario.


DRE License Numbers
01124318 & 01174047

Drew & Christine
Morgan, REALTORS | Notary Public

All data was retrieved
from MLS Listings, Inc. The Multiple Listing Service for San Mateo County.


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