Assistance for First Time Homebuyers

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams


If you are deciding to purchase your first home, seek advice from your Realtor, mortgage broker or lender on available state and federal assistance programs available to you.  The Housing and Economic Recovery Act created a new $7,500 tax credit incentive for first-time home buyers.  First-time buyers purchasing their homes between April 9, 2008 and July 1, 2009 can qualify.  

A multitude of programs and services are available to first-time buyers through the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.  A home mortgage incentive called Live Where You Work provides low interest mortgage loans to buyers purchasing in the town they work in.  Another program called the Smart Start Program is helping buyers by issuing second mortgages (up to four percent) for down payments and closing costs.  Homes would need to be purchased in Smart Growth areas to qualify. 

First-time buyers should take advantage of the available programs that are not widely known.  These programs can make the homebuyer experience even more exciting.   

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Comments (2)

Michael Almeida
Pillar To Post - Professional Home Inspection - North Arlington, NJ
Licensed New Jersey Home Inspector


You're absolutely correct.  many buyers are not aware of such programs and their availability.

Most of my clients are moving into New Jersey from New York.  Putting together such packets of information is extremely beneficial for them.

Good luck

Michael Almeida

Dec 04, 2008 01:42 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert


Most buyers and Realtors are clueless on this I ordered 10 $7,500 tax credit sign inserts back in July. They have helped create 2 new sales!!

Feb 10, 2009 01:22 PM