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  1. – Many first-time buyer programs require at least one borrower who is a "first-time buyer," but that doesn’t mean you won’t qualify if you have purchased a home before. The definition of "first-time buyer" generally means a borrower who has not purchased a residential property within the past 3 years.

    However, being a first time home buyer can be a frustrating situation. traditional mortgages require high down payments and can be fairly difficult to qualify for. Fortunately, there are first-time home buyer programs, grants, and down-payment assistance available.