First-time home buyer programs are an excellent resource for those looking to purchase a home. These programs are designed to help new buyers afford a home, generally by assisting with closing costs or the down payment. Most first-time homebuyer programs are administered by state housing agencies, and come in the form of a second mortgage or a grant added to a buyer’s primary loan program such as:

  • FHA
  • USDA
  • VA

qualify first time homebuyer programBut if you’ve owned a home in the past, can you still qualify for one of these programs?

Programs can vary by state

First-time homebuyer programs and their requirements vary by state, so it’s essential to do your research. For example, a program in Missouri may not necessarily be available in Illinois. States also tend to have a budget set aside specifically for these programs. In Missouri, there are programs such as the First Place Loan Program.

You may be able to qualify if you’ve owned a home before

Now that you know the purpose of first-time homebuyer programs, you will be pleased to know that you may be able to apply even if you have owned a home before. However, there are some other general qualifications:

You may be able to qualify for a 1st time homebuyer program if:

  • You were a previous homeowner who has not owned a principal residence for at least three years.
  • You owned a home, not on a permanent foundation, like a mobile home.

Of course, these qualifications will differ from program to program, so work closely with your lender to find the best program for you.

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