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Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage Guidelines For First Time Home Buyers

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This BLOG On Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage Guidelines For First Time Home Buyers Was PUBLISHED On June 12th, 2020

Freddie Mac has come out with a new Loan program called Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage to help first-time home buyers.

  • This program is designed to attract clients who may be looking into low down payment options, such as FHA mortgages
  • In 2018 it is estimated that over half of home buyers are first-time home buyers making the Freddie Mac HomeOne Loan Program very attractive
  • Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage For First Time Home Buyers allows first time home buyers to use a 3% down payment
  • It also will provide them with an educational course on what to expect during the mortgage process and homeownership in general
  • This educational course will give first time home buyers the tools for successful homeownership
  • Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage will be available on single-family homes, townhouses, and condos
  • Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage is very similar to Fannie Mae’s HomeReady program
  • Let’s go into more detail now

In this article, we will discuss and cover Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage Guidelines For First Time Home Buyers.

Benefits Of Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage

Who can use the program?

  • HomeOne Mortgage is for first time home buyers
  • It also benefits homeowners who want to complete a no cash-out refinance
  • Borrowers trying to buy (or refinance) a single-family house, townhouse, or condo

At least one borrower must be a first time home buyer:

  • Freddie Mac describes a first-time home buyer as a borrower who did not have ownership interest (joint or sole)  in a residential property during the three years preceding the date of the new purchase
  • The applicant is purchasing the mortgaged property
  • This applicant must also reside in the property

NOTE: Even if one borrower owns another home, Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage only requires one borrower to meet the definition of a first-time homebuyer as stated above.

Features Of Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage

What are some unique features of the Freddie Mac HomeOne program?

  • Unlike low down payment programs we have seen in the past, HomeOne Mortgage does not have any geographical or income restrictions
  • Only require a 3% down payment, 97% LTV
  • Can go up to 105% LTV with an “Affordable Second”
  • Credit underwriting must pass Loan Product Advisor (LP) with a risk class of ACCEPT
  • At least one applicant on the application must have a usable credit score
  • The mortgage insurance cancelable oh, unlike FHA loan phone

Homeowners may cancel private mortgage insurance once the property equity reaches 20% or what is called 80% LTV.

Mortgage Refinance Basics

What are the features of Freddie Mac HomeOne Mortgage

HomeOne Refinance Basics:

  • For LTVs (Loan-To-Value Ratio) above 95%, The mortgage being refinanced must be securitized by Freddie Mac
  • This means current loan must already be a Freddie Mac Mortgage
  • For TLTVs (Total Loan-To-Value Ratio) above 95% and secondary financing IS NOT an Affordable Second, the current mortgage being refinanced must be owned by Freddie Mac
  • For TLTVs (Total Loan-To-Value Ratio) above 95% and secondary financing IS an Affordable Second, The mortgage being refinanced does not have to be owned by Freddie Mac

The following loan features are not allowed:

  • Adjustable-rate mortgages
  • Cash-out refinance loans
  • Super conforming loans
  • Mortgages on second homes or investment properties

Qualifying For HomeOne Mortgage

Borrowers who feel like HomeOne might be a sustainable mortgage option for them, reach out to me Mike Gracz of Gustan Cho Associates. Either I or one of our loan officers can assist in getting into your dream home. Homebuyers and/or homeowners can call me directly on (800) 900-8569 or send me an email to We are available night and day 7 days a week. We are always here to help, and even if you do not qualify today, we will come up with a plan to guide you into homeownership!

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