In mortgage lending the down payment is a big hot button these days! With inventory levels lower in a strong sellers market in many areas of the country, supply and demand is doing it thing, and home values are remaining high. This means there could be potentially great equity in selling your home if it’s been on your mind, but it also makes it more difficult for buyers. Not only is the market extremely competitive among buyers to find the inventory they want and love, (before it’s scooped up by another buyer), but saving for a 20% down payment seems way out of reach for many first time home buyers! Check out what Alex Veiga from the Seattle Times said about it earlier this month, and see if you can make progress on your down payment options with these 4 Ways Homebuyers Can Leap The Down Payment Hurdle!