Many millennials still assume they need a 20 percent down payment to buy a home, but multiple loan programs are available with as little as 3 or 3.5 percent required as a down payment. Some loan programs such as the VA loan program and the USDA Rural Development loans require zero down payment. Homeownership programs that provide assistance with down payment and closing cost funds can be found at Downpaymentresource.com.
Some millennials anticipate receiving family help for their down payment, but the expected assistance is disproportionately helpful to renters who earn the most money. According to the Apartment List’s survey, millennial renters who expect to receive assistance with a down payment and earn more than $100,000 per year expect to receive $51,172 on average. This is more than 10 times the average expected assistance of $4,358 for those making less than $25,000.