- 17 percent of people say they plan to buy a house with zero percent down. Leamy says: "Zero-down loans are not available anymore . . . A 20 percent down payment makes a lot more sense. Time to start saving up."
- 55 percent of people say the reason they want to buy a new home is so they can get a bigger one than they have now. Leamy's reaction: "Hey, if your family can afford a bigger house in this economy buy it . . . But for those who can't afford it, it's time to get comfortable with more modest living."
- 30 percent of home buyers told Zillow they plan to own their next home for five years or less. Leamy's response: "Experts are horrified. Most real estate watchers are saying you should not bother buying a home these days unless you plan to stay for at least seven years. Why? Because the market is volatile."