LendingTree Reports Average Down Payments Fall in Q1 2015

As lenders loosen mortgage guidelines, average down payment amounts decline

CHARLOTTE N.C., (June 12, 2015) - According to a report released today by LendingTree, a leading online loan marketplace, down payment percentages for conventional 30-year fixed rate purchase mortgages decreased in the first quarter to an average of 16.98%, down from 17.59%, in Q4 2014. Additionally, the average down payment amount also fell quarter-over-quarter to $44,007 from $47,585 in the previous quarter.

"As lenders need more mortgage volume, average down payments start to drop,” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. "More lenders are beginning to loosen their guidelines and are going after a slightly broader pool of potential borrowers. For first time homebuyers,  this spring and summer homebuying season is proving itself to be an excellent time to enter the market.”

An infographic released by LendingTree ranks each state according to the average down payment percentages offered to LendingTree customers from lowest to highest.  The ten states with the lowest average down payment percentage for a 30-year fixed rate conventional loan are:
Rank State Avg Loan Amount Avg Down Payment Amt Down Payment %
1 KY $164,458.07 $33,391.04 14.02%
2 AL $187,991.39 $33,057.76 14.26%
3 WV $170,079.66 $32,084.75 14.53%
4 ND $200,130.66 $29,355.19 14.68%
5 NM $192,773.15 $29,744.21 14.82%
6 AR $178,223.92 $29,629.54 14.95%
7 OH $177,973.98 $32,785.91 15.08%
8 MS $189,007.07 $24,897.20 15.12%
9 MO $185,223.75 $30,937.34 15.15%
10 IN $174,164.92 $24,047.67 15.15%
 
The ten states with the highest down payment percentage for a 30-year fixed rate conventional loan are:
 Rank State Avg Loan Amount Avg Down Payment Amt Down Payment %
41 FL $200,742.59 $39,145.97 17.28%
42 IL $221,436.14 $38,024.14 17.32%
43 ME $201,479.37 $45,321.60 17.44%
44 RI $198,929.32 $42,865.33 17.47%
45 MA $258,028.49 $63,099.42 18.31%
46 CT $227,271.77 $48,077.29 18.63%
47 NJ $252,837.08 $57,259.93 18.96%
48 DC $309,056.42 $89,915.80 19.03%
49 CA $293,374.17 $67,998.60 19.58%
50 NY $245,619.33 $75,150.33 20.02%
51 HI $267,841.74 $59,029.82 20.36%
 
Click to view infographic with all state data.


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