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07/01/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

When FannieMae recently surveyed consumers about key mortgage qualification criteria, only about half could provide answers. While mortgage rates are low and aspirations of buying a home remain strong, homeownership levels remain low, and a mortgage qualification knowledge gap may be contributing.

Consumers in general and, most importantly, renters who are looking to buy a home in the next five years showed a lack of knowledge about minimum mortgage qualification requirements. Of renters looking to buy within five years, 30% did not know what their minimum required downpayment amount would be, and 45% did not know minimum credit-score requirements. For those who did offer answers to the questions, a significant number overestimated the required downpayment and credit numbers.

Of those surveyed by FannieMae, 50% listed REALTORS® among their three most influential sources of mortgage advice, highlighting the benefit of working with a REALTOR®.

Find more information about the survey in the infographic below and at FannieMae's website.

Infographic from FrannieMae about mortgage qualification criteria knowledge

Categories: Research, Buyers
Tags: buyers, buying, mortgages, mortgage, lending

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