Can You Qualify for a First-Time Buyer Mortgage?

If you’ve never bought a home before there are a wide range of first-time home buyer mortgage options available to help you get the keys to your first home. Depending on the funding program you choose as a first-time home buyer, different qualifications will need to be met.

Can You Qualify for a First-Time Buyer Mortgage?

When you’re ready to buy your first home it will be worth the effort to do some research to find the best first-time home buyer program for your specific situation. There are federally supported programs through the FHA, the VA and Fannie Mae for example, as well as state programs such as the New Jersey First-Time Home Buyer Program.

But what if you’ve owned a home in the past but have since sold it and weren’t in a position to buy a new home right away? Can you qualify for a first-time mortgage? Whatever the reason, if you owned a home in the past but currently don’t, you could qualify for a first-time mortgage. This applies even if you had previously bought a home through such a program. The key is how much time has passed since you last had such a mortgage.

As outlined by the FHA, so long as an applicant for a first-time mortgage has not owned their primary residence for at least 3 years prior to seeking a loan, they are considered a first-time home buyer and can seek out these types of loans and programs.

Can You Qualify for a First-Time Buyer Mortgage?There are additional parameters to meet in order to qualify for a first-time mortgage however, which will depend on which loan program you choose. Within the various programs available there will be income maximums, credit score minimums, job history minimums, and possibly down payment minimums.

Good Credit Score and Down Payment

Two of the toughest challenges to meet for many first-time home buyers are having a good credit score and acquiring the minimum down payment, but there’s no need to despair if this happens to be your situation. While it’s best to do what you can to improve your credit score, there are loan options available for those with less than ideal credit; they just come with a higher interest rate to help balance the risk ratio for the lender. The FHA is the prime source for low-credit buyers seeking a mortgage.

If you don’t have the money saved for a down payment there are different grants and programs which if you qualify, can provide part or all of your down payment monies. Here in New Jersey we have an excellent opportunity through The Road Home, an NJHMFA Down Payment Assistance Program. Qualifying first-time home buyers who get an NJHFMA First Mortgage Loan can get a $10,000 grant to put down towards a home.

When it’s time to buy a home, work with a Realtor® whose expertise can help you find solutions whatever your real estate needs may be. Get the conversation started with Matt Haviland, give him a call today at 609-338-3773 or send him an e-mailThe Haviland Group and Keller Williams Realty are ready to share their expertise and care for all your real estate needs.

How to Get a VA Home Loan

How to Get VA Home Loan

How to Get a VA Home Loan

One of the best benefits for military service men and women and their spouses, is the Federal VA home loan option. Owning a home is still the great American dream, and for our personnel who have served in any military branch, VA home loans can help make this dream a reality. What’s more, is that these loans can also be used by surviving spouses, giving the families of our fallen heroes a legacy in housing security.

While these home loans are funded through private lending companies, as an active duty soldier, reservist or veteran, the required parameters to get a loan are different compared to civilians. With a VA home loan down payments and private mortgage insurance aren’t required. This is a big boon to getting over one of the biggest expenses towards homeownership with no need to save thousands of dollars before you buy a house.

There are various types of VA loans available depending on your personal situation as a veteran. For example, disabled vets can apply for an Adapted Housing Grant which will help cover the costs of adapting an existing house or having one constructed to accommodate housing features as needed. Other benefits include different refinancing options to lower the interest rate on your current VA loan and property tax reduction and exemptions for applicable veterans, such as is offered through the New Jersey Dept. Military & Veteran Affairs.

How to Get VA Home LoanSo, how do you get a VA loan? The first place to begin is at the Federal VA website. Here, you can find the resources you need to check for eligibility requirements and what options may be applicable for you.  Once you determine which type of VA loan you want, a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) form needs to be completed. You can access this form through the VA eBenefits site, or ask your chosen lender for the form. With your COE in hand you can work with your lender to complete the VA loan application process and get approved for funding.

With all the benefits available through a VA home loan, going through this bit of paperwork is worth the effort in achieving your home dreams. You can also review your options with your Realtor®. The agents at The Haviland Group and Keller Williams Realty understand all the options available for veterans and their families; we’re here to help every step of the way. Get the conversation started with Matt Haviland, give him a call today at 609-338-3773 or send him an e-mail.