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Transition from Renting to Owning

Becoming a first-time home buyer has benefits— customize your living space, build equity, enjoy a stable affordable monthly payment, save on taxes, protect yourself against inflation, and enjoy pride of home ownership. 

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Buy Your First Home

Down Payment Myths

You don’t need a 20% down payment to buy a home. Conventional loans start as low as 3% down, and FHA loans start at 3.5%. You can put down less or add more if you have the funds. 

First-time home buyers can use:

  • Savings
  • Cash Gift 
  • Assistance Programs
  • 401K Loan 

The Right Time To Buy A Home

First time buyers make up 50% of the home purchase market. While the market is hot, you can buy a home knowing it’s a wise financial move.

What You NEED

What You’ll GAIN

  • Your own domain – You decide when to move, not a landlord who suddenly decides to sell.

  • Affordable monthly payments – Set loan payments, no more unexpected rent increases or change without notice.

  • Build equity fast – Prices in Denver forecast to rise by 17.5% in 2022.

  • More Net Worth – Homeowners average 80x net worth than renters.

  • Tax benefits

  • Pride of home ownership

  • LOANS Conventional Mortgages

    Best for: borrowers with a good credit score of 620 or higher

    🛈 The overall borrowing costs of conventional loans tend to be lower than other types of mortgages. You can cancel private mortgage insurance (PMI) once you’ve hit 20% in equity, unlike FHA loans in which the Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) lasts the lifetime of the loan. Down payments as low as 3%.

  • LOANS Jumbo Mortgages

    Best for: borrowers with very good credit who want to buy a more expensive home (over $684,250)

    🛈 Jumbo loans allow you to borrow more money but do require more loan documentation and a higher down payment.  Learn More

  • LOANS Government Backed Mortgages

    Best for: borrowers with lower credit scores and minimal cash for a down payment

    🛈  Government-backed loans help make homeownership possible for borrowers who don’t have a large down payment saved up or don’t have pristine credit. 

    FHA Loans Credit requirements are more relaxed with an FHA loan. FHA loans require Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) for the lifetime of the loan.

    USDA Loans For rural areas. 


    Best for: all borrowers who qualify as active military, veteran, or spouse.

    VA Loans $0 down payment option available for U.S. Military (active duty, veterans, and their spouses). No mortgage insurance.

  • LOANS Fixed Rate Mortgages

    Best for: borrowers who want the predictability of loan payments the entire loan

    🛈 Fixed rate loans have a set principal and interest rate over the life of the loan. Most often used by buyers who plan on living in their homes for 10+ years.

  • LOANS Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs)

    Best for: borrowers who do not plan to stay in their home for a long time OR beginning professionals who start with a moderate income and anticipate significant income increases

    🛈 Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) have an initial fixed rate that can change based on a specific benchmark, such as the prime lending rates.

  • LOANS Interest Only Mortgages

    Best for: borrowers who know they can sell or do a home refinance within a few years

    🛈 Allows you to pay only interest for the first 5 years and defer principal payments until later. No home equity is built through monthly payments.

    First Time Homebuyer Programs

    Down Payment Assistance Programs and Home Loans

    The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) provides first time homebuyer programs.

    CHFA Loan Programs

    • CHFA fixed-rate mortgage

    CHFA Down Payment and or Closing Cost Help

    • Grant
    • Second mortgage  (not due until the property is sold or is no longer your primary residence)

    Noteworthy: Most first time homebuyers opt for a conventional rather than a CHFA/FHA loan program to avoid lifetime FHA mortgage insurance.

    Shopping For a Mortgage Lender

    Your lender should take time to walk you through mortgage process— home loans available, recommended solutions, and the current market. 

    What to Look For in a Lender

    • Knowledge of Home Loans; Including First Time Buyer Loans

    • Years of Experience

    • Timely Responses

    • Positive Reviews

    What to Expect at Your Consult

    • Learn About First Time Home Buyer Loans

    • Learn About First Time Homebuyer Programs

    • Credit Approval Status (credit approval status post application)

    • Today’s Mortgage Rates

    • Steps in the Buying Process

    Home Buying Team

    Your Realtor + Your Lender

    Your lender and real estate agent should work together to help you land a contract on your new home. The best lender + an expert real estate agent is KEY in a hot market.

    Home Buying Checklist

    A Free Guide

    Learn the essential steps to home buying that will put your mind at ease and ready you for the journey. Learn more about what should be done before you even begin house hunting.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    First Time Homebuyers’ FAQs


    I have a moderate income, can I become a homeowner?

    Use our affordability calculator, mortgage calculator,  or contact us for a free consult. We can quickly determine if you meet the income requirements to be a first-time homebuyer. Learn more about first-time homebuyer programs.

    Is it normal to feel overwhelmed or worried as a first time homebuyer?

    Yes, as a first time homebuyer there are a lot of  mortgage options and decisions. Select a lender who is patient, can walk you through the mortgage options and rationale, and is available to you 100% of the time.

    Should I buy a house if I plan to move soon?

    Yes, as a first time homebuyer there are a lot of mortgage options and decisions. Select a lender who is patient, can walk you through the mortgage options and rationale and is available to you 100% of the time.

    What are down payment assistance programs?

    There are several payment assistance programs to help with mortgage down payment for first time homebuyers. They typically have income limits. Learn more about  assistance programs.

    What is an FHA loan?

    FHA loan is a government backed loan. FHA loans work really well for low–to–average credit scores (580 and above) with a 3.5% down. FHA mortgage insurance is required in the monthly mortgage payments for the life of the loan, unlike Conventional loans. Learn more about FHA loans.

    Is an FHA loan or USDA loan right for me?

    An FHA loan is great for first time home buyers with lower credit and 3.5% down. Similar to an FHA loan, but for rural homes, a USDA loan requirements are more forgiving. 

    FHA loan Consult

    Are there downsides to an FHA mortgage?

    An FHA loan can signal a weaker position to the seller. Even more true if using an assistance program to help with the down payment requirement. The seller may go with another offer based on the loan type.

    Are Jumbo Loans common in Denver?

    Yes, due to high home values jumbo loans are frequently used to buy a home.

    Loan Amount

    Loan amounts vary based on income, monthly debts, down payment, and credit.

    Mortgage Calculators

    Closing Costs

    Pay closing costs at your home buyer closing appointment by certified check or wire (requires bank account and routing number). Includes your mortgage down payment and closing cost fees. 

    Learn More About Closing Costs

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