First-Time Homebuyers Explained

by Maryann Ross Levanti 11/13/2022

“First-time homebuyer” is a commonly used term in all areas of real estate. But what exactly is a first-time homebuyer? Here are the specific factors that qualify somebody as a first-time homebuyer and why they are important:

Who Qualifies as a First-Time Homebuyer?

As suggested by the name, a first-time homebuyer is any person who is purchasing their main residence for the first time. First-time homebuyers fit into countless categories and demographics, but they all have the same lack of home purchase history in common. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has specific definitions for first-time homebuyers in a variety of situations, such as single parents who co-owned a home with an ex spouse or a homebuyer who may have owned property in the past but has now owned a residence for three years prior to the new sale.

Special Financial Qualifications

From a selling perspective, the most important thing about first-time homebuyers is that they often have special financial qualifications. First-time homebuyers who fall into the categories defined by the HUD can be eligible for government-sponsored financial assistance programs and special loans.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are an example of this special financial assistance. Lenders approved by the FHA can offer first-time homebuyers extremely competitive interest rates and lower down payments compared to traditional loans. The lenders also get an extra layer of security from the FHA to protect them in case the buyer defaults on the loan.

There are many types of special loans and programs first-time homebuyers qualify for. As long as they fit into the right criteria, first-time homebuyers can get approved for loans to assist them in purchasing their first home.

About the Author
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Maryann Ross Levanti

I'm Maryann Ross Levanti, looking forward to meeting you and helping you find your new home and/or sell your current one. I've lived in Fairfield County the majority of my life - grew up in Westport, (Coleytown, Coleytown, Staples), undergrad at UPenn, masters from Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm ABR and GRI certified, and hold a broker's license in real estate, as well as a provisional appraiser license. Additionally, I am the exclusive agent for CCO Habitats - a HOBI award winning building company which regularly offers new construction homes as well as renovated homes to the market in Westport. In my 20 plus years of selling homes, I've learned many things - among them - the customer is not always right. Nor am I. However, if we work together we have a much better chance of being correct and either getting your home sold or finding the home that best suits your needs. Yes, I'm outspoken and opinionated. But anyone with a license can open a door - wouldn't you rather have doors opened by someone who actually tells you the truth and is willing to put her years of experience and knowledge into working 24/7 for you to help you understand what you're getting into? You may not always like what you hear, and there are no crystal balls in this business. But I believe an informed decision is always better. Hopefully you do too! As a yearly winner of the Connecticut Five Star Realtor award and frequently repeated recipient of customer service awards indicate; my priority is you, my client, and my clients appreciate it. Put my local knowledge, professional skills, ethics and dedication to work for you - give me a call 203.984.5157.