The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets specific criteria to classify first time homebuyers. This helps lenders properly identify these consumers and consequently allows HUD to track that number annually.

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First-Time Homebuyer

Related Terms: Homeowner, FHA Borrower, Homebuyer
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets specific criteria to classify first time homebuyers. This helps lenders properly identify these consumers and consequently allows HUD to track that number annually.
First-Time Homebuyer
The following criteria classifies first time homebuyers:
  • Individuals who have had no ownership in a principal residence during the 3-year period ending on the date of purchase of the property. This may also include a spouse, so if either meets the above test, they are considered first-time homebuyers.
  • Single parents who have only owned a property with a former spouse while married.
  • Individuals who are displaced homemakers and have only owned with a spouse.
  • Individuals who have only owned a principal residence not permanently affixed to a permanent foundation in accordance with applicable regulations.
  • Individuals who have only owned property that was not in compliance with state, local or model building codes and which cannot be brought into compliance for less than the cost of constructing a permanent structure.
​If you fall within the above criteria, and you are considering buying your first home, there are a number of FHA loans and programs that can assist you with your purchase. 

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