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What is the average down payment on a house?

Answer:

Typically, the average down payment on a house is 10% while the required down payment is 20%. Lenders want you to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI) if you cannot contribute 20% towards the purchase price of a house.

However, first-time homebuyers can get a lot of assistance for down payment expenses through many government programs as they often can't afford the average down payment on a house; some lenders can offer 95% financing with 5% secured loan, or 100% financing to first-time homebuyer. It is easier to get financing if the borrower actually puts down at least 10% on a house.

There are other financing options to help with the house down payment. Piggyback loans (80/20, 80/10/10, 80/15/5) accommodate first and second mortgage with little or no down payment and help avoid paying PMI. On average, if you have great credit, you could get into a nice house with as little as 5% down payment and decent rates. However, you will not avoid mortgage insurance, which makes your monthly payments bigger.

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