HUD HOC Reference Guide

First-Time Homebuyers

Chapter 3
Miscellaneous Policies
Page 3-02

One of FHA�s highest priorities is to assist homebuyers with the purchase of their first home.

FHA tracks the number of first-time buyers assisted by our programs. Consequently, it is very important that the information is entered accurately in FHA Connection.

In order to help lenders properly identify first-time homebuyers, we are clarifying the definition of what constitutes a first-time homebuyer. A first-time homebuyer is an individual who meets any of the following criteria:

  • An individual who has had no ownership in a principal residence during the 3-year period ending on the date of purchase of the property. This includes a spouse (if either meets the above test, they are considered first-time homebuyers).
  • A single parent who has only owned with a former spouse while married.
  • An individual who is a displaced homemaker and has only owned with a spouse.
  • An individual who has only owned a principal residence not permanently affixed to a permanent foundation in accordance with applicable regulations.
  • An individual who has only owned a property that was not in compliance with state, local or model building codes and which cannot be brought into compliance for less than the cost of constructing a permanent structure.

Content Archived: November 7, 2012