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It Is Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings!

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,840 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $2,895, last year.

Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals; for anyone looking to buy a home in 2018, this can be a great jump start toward a down payment!

The map below shows the average tax refund Americans received last year by state. (The refunds received for the 2017 tax year should continue to reflect these numbers as the new tax code will go into effect for 2018 tax filings.)

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings! | MyKCM

Many first-time buyers believe that a 20% down payment is required to qualify for a mortgage. Programs from the Federal Housing Authority, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all allow for down payments as low as 3%, with Veterans Affairs Loans allowing many veterans to purchase a home with 0% down.

If you started your down payment savings with your tax refund check this year, how close would you be to a 3% down payment?

The map below shows what percentage of a 3% down payment is covered by the average tax refund by taking into account the median price of homes sold by state.

It's Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings! | MyKCM

 

The darker the blue, the closer your tax refund gets you to homeownership! For those in Alabama looking to purchase their first homes, their tax refund could potentially get them 69% closer to that dream!

Bottom Line

Saving for a down payment can seem like a daunting task. But the more you know about what’s required, the more prepared you can be to make the best decision for you and your family! This tax season, your refund could be your key to homeownership!

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Blairsville, Georgia is a small mountain town in the Appalachian Mountains. For many people who live in larger cities, these mountains provide a simple escape from life’s daily stresses. Stunning scenery among Northeast Georgia’s gentle peaks and beautiful creeks and rivers makes this region a natural paradise. Encompassing nearly two-thirds of Blairsville, the Chattahoochee National Forest has winding trails that lead visitors through scenic mountains, rushing rivers, and cascading waterfalls. This is where you can step back in time with nature and walk where the Cherokee Indians once lived. There are many different and beautiful settings for cabins in Blairsville. Creeks and rivers flow all through the area, and the banks make for a peaceful and fun home site, where you can sit and listen to the water flowing over rocks, or even try your luck at catching a native brook trout in your own back yard. If you prefer a mountain view, they are abundant here, and the Chattahoochee National Forest ensures that the majority of the neighboring land will remain untouched and serene, so your mountain view will remain a mountain view, not an adjacent home view. If your plan is to move to Blairsville permanently, the school system is among the top ranked in the state, with a graduation rate much higher than average, and the hospital is new and state of the art. If you’re looking for a vacation or investment property, the rental cabin business is booming in Blairsville. No matter your wishes, the experienced agents at Century 21 Scenic Realty will be able to guide you in your journey. Our goal is to ensure your complete satisfaction, and we are confident in our ability to do just that.

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