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Biharicp, Other/Just Looking in Vero Beach, FL

Does anyone have advice for a 1st time home buyer on the Treasure Coast?

Asked by Biharicp, Vero Beach, FL Mon Oct 8, 2012

My wife and I are both teachers and would like to buy rather than renew the lease on our current rental. I have heard that there are teacher home buying programs with nice benefits out there...but upon my research, I can't make sense of it. Does anyone have any experience in the programs available for first time and/or teacher home buyers? Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Good afternoon Biharicp,

Meet with a Local Mortgage Banker to get prequalified for mortgage financing. The Mortgage Banker will review all facets of your loan request to answer your questions with regards to the types of loans and maximum loan amounts you could qualify for.

US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a program called "Teacher/Neighbor next door." More information here: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/hou…

Good luck!

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 19, 2012
I would be more than happy to help you to understand the program. Are uou looking for something west of I-95? and it would have to be USDA eligible for the teacher program.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2012
Hi there,

I sincerely have not heard about teacher's buying programs - that would be a good question to ask a loan officer. Start with a bank that you currently use for checking or saving account. But I can tell you that I've been working with first time home buyers and the FHA loans are very attractive at very low rates in the 3% range, with 3.5% down payment.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to give me a call at 772-538-4855, or send me an e-mail to ddekleyn@sorensenrealestate.com.

Dana De Kleyn
Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc.
Cell: 772-538-4855
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 10, 2012
Just north of Vero Beach is USDA eligible. 100% financing with no classes or hoops. Learn more at http://www.usdamortgagesource.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 10, 2012
There are some very good deals in most price categories and locations. We have a team of professionals that can help you get started. Please call me and I will give you more information on what areas you should be focused once we lay the ground work together. BUY, Invest & SELL with Michelle @ 772-538-4017 Native Florida Realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
I would suggest you start out with a lower cost smaller home at a super discounted bank foreclosure price and build some equity and then purchase your dream home in a few years and use you first home as your down payment.
Drop me a line or give me a call and I can get you started.
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Beneduce Realty
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
I am following your advice and hopefully in about 6 years I can buy my forever home closer to the beach. But for now, I am happy with my purchase and very happy that I followed your advice.
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Nobody else is going to give you advice like this....



contact any realtor you think you like and listen to what they say they’ll do for you. Then ask them to refer you to their very best “Preferred” or “In-House” Lender. Listen to their best purchase strategy and ask for their best written quote on an estimated sales price, on a TBD (To Be Determined) property address.

contact me, I’ll present my best purchase strategy, show you what my realtor partners can do for you. Then compare to see which team offers the best purchase strategy and your best overall deal.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
Mortgage rates are at a all time low FHA loans are great but with great credit I could set you up with a few great banks because in this market you must get prequalified hope this helps 772-532-6998 Greg Re/max Classic
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012

Hopefully, I can give you some input on the mystery of "Home Buyer Programs". The first thing I would tell you is that, in the mortgage world, there is no free lunch. Almost all of the incentive programs come with strings attached. Some of these funds are earmarked to be used in specific "empowerment zones" only. That means you have to live, and maintain residence, in specified areas.
Others are funded with state/federal bond money. As with any government funding, the hoops your lender may have to jump through are so substantial, your lender may not even bother with the process.
Lastly, unfortunately, some of these loans are nothing more than advertising. When the dust all settles, you don't get the 42" flat screen, but the 14" black & white TV.

I hope this helps.

Pat Palmer-Realtor
Boca's Best Broker

Direct 786-286-6557

Keller Williams
2424 N. Federal Hwy #318
Boca Raton, FL 33431
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
I believe it is called "Good Neighbor Next Door"
Here is the link for the information on hud.gov. I do not believe there are currently any listing for this program.
There are other programs available to anyone interested. There is a $100 down payment program if you purchase a HUD home with a FHA mortgage. There is also a fannie mae homepath mortgage program. This would allow you to purchase a home for a little as 3% down.
A mortgage specialist is the best person to help with these programs. Feel free to contact me if you would like more information. I would be happy to send you a list of properties that would qualify for these programs.

Nicole Graham
Weichert Realtors Hallmark Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
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