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Florida First Time Home Buyer

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Real Estate Market News

The Florida housing market is weak but improving. Home prices have gone up about 7% and they are expected to rise another 2% in the next year. The cities with fastest appreciation rates are Sewall's Point, Beverly Beach, Boca Grande, The Villages, and Miami Beach. First time home buyers can find affordable homes in Fort Meyers, Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, Saint Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Pensacola and get a mortgage payment which is less than the average rent of $1,695. In Tampa Bay it is over 40% less costly to buy than rent and over 20% less costly to own a home in Fort Myers. Hamilton County is one of the most affordable markets for firsthomebuyers in the country. The best places to live include Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Coral Gables, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale. Some of the best small towns to live are Forst Walton, Maitland, and Saint Augustine and these cities may qualify for the zero down payment loan.

Florida First Time Home Buyer Programs

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USDA Rural Development Loan

USDA 100% Financing Program
Zero down payment
640 minimum credit score
Property must be located in targeted area. Check property eligibility.
Email Dream@Firsthomebuyers.net with property address if you want us to check if the home is eligible.
Income restrictions apply. Check income eligibility.  
Seller can pay 6% of purchase price toward closing costs

FHA Loan Program

FHA Program
Low down payment
620 minimum credit score
Check single family, condo, and 2-4 unit property loan limits
FHA approved condos eligible
Kiddie condo option: Parents or family member can co-sign on loan
Lower down payment than standard FHA program is available in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee if you purchase FHA Foreclosure
Down payment can be 100% gift or down payment assistance or grant funds
Seller can pay 6% of purchase price toward closing costs

HomeReady Program

HomeReady Program
Fannie Mae Conventional Program
Low down payment and more flexible sources of funds
620 minimum credit score
Loan designed for low to moderate income borrowers
Lower mortgage insurance options

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Good Neighbor Next Door
Get home at 50% discount on home in target areas. Search homes now.
Must be law enforcement, police officer, teacher, firefighter, or emergency medical technician to be be eligible for this program
Low Down Payment Option available in HUD Participating Communities.

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Home Possible Neighborhood Solution Program
You may be eligible for this program is you are a Teacher, Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, Healthcare Worker, Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Military Personnel
620 Credit Score
Reduced mortgage insurance which means lower monthly mortgage payment
Flexible Qualification Guidelines

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VA Loan
0 down payment Great fixed rate loan program with 0 Down Payment for veterans or active military personnel in Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Reservists eligible with 6 years service.
620 minimum credit score
No maximum loan limit
Single family home-VA Approved Condos-townhome

203k rehab loan

FHA Streamline 203k Renovation Loan
Repairs which range from $5,000-$35,000+ may be included in loan amount.
Great program to fix up foreclosures. 
Visit 203K Loan for more details on Streamline 203k program

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PMI Buster
Low down payment
NO PMI or mortgage insurance
720 minimum credit score


Rent Versus Own
Rents are moving up and you need to stop paying your landlord. When you own a home you build up wealth, get tax breaks, and experience the pride of homeownership. Try rent vs own calculator now and find out why owning a home is better than renting.

10 Steps To Buying A Home
Don't know where to start the process? View video on how to buy your first home.Today it is tougher to buy a house and you need a roadmap to navigate the home buying maze. You can't miss a step or it could spell disaster and wreck your chances of owning a home.


Search for homes in your area.
Start working with a Realtor and get the lastest property listings emailed to your email inbox. The inventory of homes on the market are down so it is important that you take action and set up an appointment to see the home you like as soon as possible. In most cases, you should use a Realtor to increase your chances of getting your offer accepted on the home you have your heart set on.

Down Payment Assistance
Florida Down Payment Assistance provides up to $10,000 or more toward down payment and closing costs.
Community Development Block Grant Program provides 1st homebuyer grants in targeted Florida communities. Dream Makers Grant Program -Grant program which matches your contribution three-to-one up to maximum $5,000. Military personnel (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Veteran) are eligible for this program. FHA, VA, USDA programs available. There are maximum income limitations.

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