Rebecca Wooten

Spencer Properties Austin Real Estate


Overall, today’s home buyers tend to be fairly knowledgeable about the real estate market, but there are still a few points of confusion in the process, a new survey by Zillow of 1,000 potential home buyers finds.

Here are the five main areas of confusion the survey revealed:

  • Appreciation: About 42 percent of home buyers believe home values will appreciate by 7 percent a year. 
    Reality: Historically, home values in a normal market appreciate by 2 to 5 percent in a year.

  • Mortgage insurance: 41 percent of buyers think they will have to purchase private mortgage insurance, regardless of the amount of their downpayment. 
    Reality: Buyers only need to purchase PMI if their downpayment is less than 20 percent of the home’s purchase price.

  • Appraisals: 56 percent of the buyers said the purpose of the appraisal was to determine if a home was in good condition. 
    Reality: That’s the purpose of a home inspection; an appraisal estimates fair market value.

  • Home owner’s insurance: 37 percent of home buyers said that buying home owner’s insurance is optional. 
    Reality: Lenders require homebuyers to purchase homeowner’s insurance.

  • Ownership: 47 percent of home buyers said a prospective buyer owns a home after the purchase contract is signed. 
    Reality: The purchase and sales agreement is the beginning of the closing phase, but it can be a long process until they finally take ownership.


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