Myths About Home Buying

by Gail Stone 09/04/2022

Information and advice for first-time homebuyers is everywhere. Unfortunately, many of the most commonly accepted truths about buying a home are either outdated or false. Here are some of the biggest myths about home buying to help you understand the facts.

Myth: You Can't Buy a Home With a Bad Credit Score

It is possible to qualify for a mortgage and buy a home even with a low credit score. Luckily, credit scores are just part of what lenders consider when you apply for a loan. While a high credit score might equal lower interest rates, a low credit score does not necessarily mean rejection.

There are specific loans available for home buyers with lower credit scores. Loans provided by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), for example, are excellent resources regardless of your financial situation.

Myth: A 20% Down Payment Is Always Required

While it's a common assumption that your down payment will always be 20% of the purchase price, the minimum requirement is often much lower. It depends on personal preference and the terms of your mortgage. Many lenders are flexible with down payment sizes but will adjust other factors like interest rates accordingly. A higher down payment often means lower rates and less money to borrow, but there are plenty of options available for those wishing to pay less up front.

Myth: Mortgage Pre-Approval Doesn't Matter

One of the most important things to do before buying a home is to get pre-approval from a mortgage lender. While not always required, pre-approval benefits you in several ways. One advantage of pre-approval is that you go into your home search knowing exactly how much home you can afford. Another benefit is showing sellers you're financially responsible and less likely to back out on a sale due to lack of financing.

These are only a few common misconceptions about buying a home. While there is a wealth of helpful information and guidance for first-time homebuyers, it's always worth your time and money to do some extra research to determine what will work for you.

About the Author

Gail Stone

Dedication, knowledge and her 'beyond the call of duty' approach enables Gail to sell successfully both to the first time buyer and the experienced seller. Her honesty and perseverance have served her clients extremely well. I am proud to say I have been with the firm since 1985 and have been a Stamford resident for 34 years. My former careers have been a high school math teacher and a computer programmer. I love helping people with their housing needs and feel I am able to help them maximize their purchases and sales.