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First-Time Homebuyer FAQs 

Empowering First-Time Homebuyers

As you navigate the process of becoming a first-time homebuyer in North Florida, it's natural to have questions. At NFAAT, we understand the importance of clarity and guidance during this process.


This comprehensive FAQ provides expert insights tailored to the needs of first-time homebuyers, covering everything from the decision between buying and renting to the intricacies of mortgage pre-approval. 

First-Time Home Buyer FAQs

  • Buying a home is an investment in your future. Unlike renting, where your monthly payments go to a landlord, owning a home means your payments help build equity. In addition, homeowners are able to decrease their annual taxable income with mortgage interest and property tax deductions.

  • You may be ready to buy your first home if you have a steady income, a good employment history, a strong credit score, minimal long-term debts, and enough savings for a down payment and closing costs. Contact your lender to begin the pre-qualification process and confirm your financial readiness.

  • In addition to your earnest money deposit, you’ll need to consider your down payment, closing costs, title insurance policies, utility activation, property inspection, survey fees, and more. Contact us or your real estate agent for more information.

  • When you purchase a new home, you’ll want to consider various utility costs, annual property taxes, homeowners insurance, property maintenance, and if, applicable, homeowner association or condo association dues​​. 

  • Pre-qualification is an informal estimate of how much you can borrow based on financial information provided to your lender. Pre-approval is a more formal process in which a lender commits to lending you a specific amount based on a thorough review of your financial history and background​​.

  • While you are not required to hire a real estate agent when purchasing property, their expertise can be invaluable, making the overall homebuying process smoother and less stressful. Real estate agents provide market insights and analysis, have access to a broad database of property listings, and use their negotiation skills to help maximize your purchasing power.

  • Yes, if you are paying for the title insurance, you have the right to choose the title insurance company that facilitates your closing and issues the title insurance policies. 

At NFAAT, we're committed to empowering first-time homebuyers like you with the knowledge and support needed to achieve your homeownership goals. Let us be your trusted partner as you embark on this exciting milestone in your life.

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