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Rookie Reply: Why "First-Time Home Buyer Loans" Aren’t What You Think

Rookie Reply: Why "First-Time Home Buyer Loans" Aren’t What You Think

Update: 2022-08-27
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This week’s question comes from Carolyn through Ashley’s direct messages on Instagram. Carolyn is asking: I just bought my first investment property in cash. Am I still considered a first-time homebuyer? What happens if I take out a mortgage on that property?

First-time homebuyer loans tend to confuse many real estate rookies. When it comes to first-time homebuyer loans and programs, what options do you have? Some investors think that they can only use loans like the FHA loan for their first home, while others may be enticed by first-time homebuyer programs that boast a lot of benefits, but with a ton of red tape. Which loans work for which investors, and what happens when you want to refinance?

Here are some suggestions:

Remember that loans like the FHA loan are not reserved for first-time homebuyers

Special loan programs designed for first-time buyers could help you fund your down payment, but you’ll want to read the fine print

Look for state-specific grants when buying your first home (you could come across some free funds!)

If you are going to refinance after a cash purchase, be sure to double-check the “seasoning” period with your lender

And more in the episode…

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Rookie Reply: Why "First-Time Home Buyer Loans" Aren’t What You Think

Rookie Reply: Why "First-Time Home Buyer Loans" Aren’t What You Think