What is the right amount to save for a down payment on a home?

There was a good, national article posted in the Times over the weekend that talks about the amount of down payment necessary to purchase a home. Many millennials are feverishly saving to get to the 20% down payment requirement to purchase a home…. only to watch the amount increase as home prices increase.  As an alternative to this, there are many lower down payment options that can get you into a home with as little as 3.5% down.

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/millennials-want-to-buy-a-home-but-costs-a-shock/

Millennials want to buy a home, but costs a shock

Millennials in about half of large metropolitan areas are underestimating how much they’ll need for a down payment on their first home and are not saving at a fast enough pace.

Bucking their rent-not-own reputation, millennials are looking forward to buying a home, but many have grossly underestimated just how much they’ll need for that all-important down payment.

Of the generation known for renting everything from designer handbags to desks in a shared office space, 79 percent say they want to purchase a home, according to a report published Wednesday by Apartment List, an online rental marketplace.

“A lot of folks said that millennials would go off and just rent,” said Jonathan Corr, chief executive of Ellie Mae, Inc. in Pleasanton, Calif. “But as they hit those life-event years in terms of getting married, having children, they’re starting to make that transition.”

That doesn’t mean they’re ready to sign a check. Millennials in about half of large metropolitan areas are underestimating how much they’ll need for a down payment on their first home and are not saving at a fast enough pace.

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