A first-time home buyer loan from BrightPath is a great choice to turn your dream of homeownership into a reality. First-time homebuyer programs usually offer lower than average down payments ranging from 0% (VA loans) to between 3-5% of the home’s value. In most cases, these programs also include a type of mortgage insurance that can be structured to fit your needs.
Whether your new home is still a few years off or you’re shopping right now, at BrightPath we can help you better understand your options and choose the right first-time home buyer loan for you.
Here’s a look at some of the advantages of our first-time home buyer programs:
Low Down Payments
The down payment is a cash payment you make toward the value of the home, and traditional mortgages require up to a 20% down payment. On a $250,000 home, that means you’ll need to pay a $50,000 down payment. Most people struggle to come up with that type of cash in time, and to help these borrowers, a number of first-time home buyer loans require very low down payments or no down payments at all.
This saves buyers a lot of money. For instance, a 3% down payment on a $250,000 home is only $7,500 which is significantly less than $50,000.
Additionally, in some cases, the lender can help cover closing costs, which are fees related to your loan.
Alternative Credit Histories
If you’ve never taken out a car loan or used a credit card, you probably don’t have a credit history. Unfortunately, even if you’ve always paid your bills on time, not having a credit card history can make it difficult to buy a home. To lenders, no credit report can be just as bad or worse than a negative credit history.
To help buyers in this position, there are a number of first-time home buyer loans that accept alternative credit histories. These credit reports include information related to rent, utility, and insurance payments. If you have a satisfactory record with those payments, you may be able to get approved for a mortgage.
Sometimes, even with a bit of help, it can be impossible to get approved for a mortgage on your own. A co-signer can help, but unfortunately, many lenders won’t accept a cosigner on your mortgage unless the cosigner plans to live in the property.
Luckily, with many first-time home buyer loans, you can use a non-occupying co-buyer. That means your parents, grandparents, or anyone else who wants to help, can co-sign the mortgage and act as a co-buyer, but they don’t have to live with you.
First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs in GA
To recap, here’s a look at just a few of the potential benefits of some of our first-time home buyer loan programs in GA:
- Low down payment options (3-5%)
- Alternative credit histories accepted
- Closing costs/down payment funding in the form of gifts
- Non-occupying co-borrowers are allowed
- No cash reserves needed
- Loan may be fully assumable depending on loan program
Popular First-Time Home Buyer Loan Options
Whether you’re looking for payment and interest rate stability or you’re worried your credit history might not be good enough, we can work with you to find the best first-time home buyer loan to create the perfect match. A few popular loan options for first-time home buyers include:
- 15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage
- 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage
- Adjustable Rate Mortgage
- Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans
- Veterans Administration Loan (VA Loan)
If you would like to explore first time home buyer loans or other mortgage products available from BrightPath, please call us at 888-222-6003, or complete our simple form below. One of our experienced mortgage specialists will contact you.