That depends on the individual listing, some Reo's are in pretty bad shape and need alot of work due to former owner trashing the place. Some Reo's are normal properties. If you are able to close quickly and can get a great deal and feel comfortable with the home they can be good for a First time home buyer. The flip side of that is being a first time home buyer you can underestimate the repairs needed or seriousness of certain problems if certain houses have them. Make sure you ask your Realtor as many questions as possible in these sales.