First Time Home Buyer Mortgage Requirements And Guidelines


This BLOG On First Time Home Buyer Mortgage Requirements And Guidelines Was UPDATED April 26th, 2019

With rates forecasted to increase 3 more times this year, now is a good time to consider moving forward with a new home purchase. Although rates are not at all time lows like they were in 2016 mortgage rates are still low and predicted go higher by the end of the year. Each percentage point increase in mortgage interest rates,  home purchase loan is equivalent to a substantial difference in the price the home will end up costing the buyer. Real Estate values have been increasing in the past year. Some areas by double digits. Due to the rise in real estate prices both the United States Department of Urban Development (HUD), the parent of FHA,  and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the federal regulatory agency in charge of Conventional Loans has increased loan limits. HUD increased FHA Loan Limits to $294,515 on FHA Loans and the FHFA has increased Conforming Limits to $453,100. Both HUD and FHFA has increased loan limits beginning of 2019due to rising home prices nationwide.

Rising Home Prices Nationwide

The market is hot and real estate prices are actually going up in many areas of the country as the number of homes for sale decreases. Taking advantage of this point in time can benefit the home buyer in two ways.

  • The home is poised to increase in value as the market price of homes continues to rise
  • Secondly buying a home now while there are still more options to choose from before the selection becomes less and less

There are some real deals to be had in some areas of the country. For instance, in the state of Virginia, there are vacation cabins and riverside homes on the market for less than $100,000.00. Although many housing markets have out priced the middle class from purchasing a 2nd home researching popular yet off the beaten path town may lead you to find a diamond in the rough without the cost of a diamond.

Renting Versus Buying Home

Renters still renting who have been dreaming of owning a home, meet with a lender. Have them crunch some numbers for your finances and compare renting versus owning. Depending on how long you want to stay in one place it is likely better to invest in home ownership. The average cost of a 1 bedroom for rent in most major metropolitan cities is at least $1,200.00. The same monthly payment invested into a home would get the buyer into a 2 to 3 bedroom home with the added benefits of having an investment which can increase in value over time. The other plus side of home ownership is the tax deductions.

So if you have been sitting on the fence wondering when to jump into the housing market, there has never been a better time. Take advantage of interest rates while they remain low, get home while there are still great deals to be had and capitalize on the market upswing in the housing market.

About The Author Of First Time Home Buyer Mortgage Requirements: Apryl Boyce

This BLOG On First Time Home Buyer Mortgage Requirements was written by Apryl Boyce of Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage News.  Apryl Boyce is a contributing writer for Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage News. Apryl has over 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry. She was a commercial and residential mortgage consultant until the 2008 Real Estate And Mortgage Meltdown. She has since taken a break from the mortgage industry and is now in the process of getting her NMLS licenses in multiple states. Apryl Boyce is looking forward to joining The Gustan Cho Team in the coming months and becoming a full-time mortgage loan originator. In the meantime, Apryl enjoys writing real estate related blogs for Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage News.

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