Median Down Payments Reach Nearly 15-Year High

December 17, 2018

Home buyers are bringing more money to the closing table. The median down payment on single-family homes and condos purchased with financing in the third quarter was $20,250—up 7 percent from the previous quarter. The median down payment as a percentage of the median home sales price was 7.6 percent in the third quarter—the highest percentage since the fourth quarter of 2003, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data provider.

Among the 96 metro areas ATTOM tracked, the cities with the highest median down payments as a percentage of the median home sales price were:

  • San Jose, Calif. (24.7%)
  • San Francisco (23.3%)
  • Los Angeles (20.6%)
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif. (19%)
  • Fort Collins, Colo. (18.6%).

Residential Mortgage Originations Drop 21 Percent to Q3 2018,” ATTOM Data Solutions (Dec. 11, 2018)