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First-Time Home Buyers' Guide: Simplifying Your Path to Homeownership

Embark on your home buying journey with confidence. Our comprehensive guide for first-time buyers demystifies the mortgage process and highlights loan options tailored to your unique needs. 

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From searching for a home to making an offer and closing the deal, we’ll walk you through each step.
Learn how to budget effectively for your purchase and the importance of getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan.

Explore loan options like FHA loans, Down payment Assistance Programs, USDA loans, and other programs that offer benefits like lower down payments and more forgiving credit requirements. 

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First Time Home Buyer

Buying your first home is a significant milestone, and navigating the process can seem overwhelming. It starts with understanding your financial standing and the kind of home you can afford. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan gives you a clear picture of what you can borrow and strengthens your position in negotiations.
The next step is the house hunt, where you’ll explore various neighborhoods and home types to find your ideal match. Once you’ve found a home, you’ll make an offer, negotiate, and once accepted, move towards closing, which involves a lot of paperwork and legal formalities.

During this process, choosing the right mortgage loan is critical. For first-time buyers, government-backed loans like FHA and USDA can be more accessible due to lower down payment requirements and more flexible credit guidelines. 

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Exploring Conventional Loans and First-Time Buyer Programs

Conventional loans are also an option, especially for those with a stronger credit profile. Additionally, many states offer special programs for first-time buyers, which can provide additional financial benefits or support.


The first step is typically getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan to understand your budget.
This varies depending on the loan type, but it can be anywhere from 3.5% for FHA loans, 3% for conventional loans to 0% for our HomeZero program, most State Down Payment Assistance Programs, USDA and VA loans.
Yes, many states and local governments offer programs with benefits like down payment assistance.
Yes, programs like FHA loans are designed to help buyers with credit scores as low as 600.
Closing costs are fees associated with finalizing a mortgage loan and yes, they are typically required, but some programs assist with these costs. Eligible full-time workforce, employed by a Florida-based employer can receive lower than market rates on first mortgage loans, reduced upfront fees waiving Florida Intangible or Note taxes, no origination points or discount points.
Borrowers can receive up to 5% of the first mortgage loan amount (maximum of $35,000) in down payment and closing cost assistance.

Down payment and closing cost assistance is available in the form of a 0%, non-amortizing, 30-year deferred second mortgage loan.


For first-time home buyers, the journey to homeownership is filled with learning and exciting milestones. By understanding the process, knowing your financing options, and utilizing available resources, you can make this experience both rewarding and fulfilling. Remember, every home buying journey is unique, and at The Doce Group, we are dedicated to guiding you through each step, ensuring your first home purchase is a memorable and smooth experience.

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