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Barry Shaw - Century 21 Affiliated - Hudson WI

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If you are a first time home buyer there are many first-time buyer home loan programs available -- each with their perks and particular qualifying requirements. Some are mentioned below.

FHA Home Loan
This mortgage is the go-to for many, especially first-time home buyers and those with less than ideal credit history. An FHA loan is guaranteed by the government, which allows lenders to expand their qualifying requirements. With an FHA, borrowers can also put less money down -- as little as 3.5%!
Low rates also characterize this mortgage. However, keep in mind that FHA loans have an insurance premium built into the monthly payment, and it will continue through the loan's life. 

VA Home Loan
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs assists active service members, veterans, and their surviving spouses buy homes with VA Loans. VA loans are extraordinarily generous, often requiring zero down payment or mortgage insurance. 
Acquiring this loan may take a bit longer (as the VA must verify military status), but it's worth the wait, and VA loans have impressive terms. 

USDA Home Loan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a homebuyers assistance program, and no, you don't need to buy a farm to qualify. This loan program targets rural areas and provides 100% financing. Note that there are income constraints, and those vary by region.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Think of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as "engines" behind the home loan machine. These federally-sanctioned companies operate with local lenders to offer very attractive mortgage options on conventional loans, including 3% down. 

Local Government First-Time Homebuyer Programs
Many state and local governments offer help to first-time homebuyers. The availability of such programs varies. 

Good Neighbor Next Door
Originally called the Teacher Next Door Program, it now includes law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. It's a HUD-sponsored program and features 50% discounts on the list price of homes located in specific revitalization areas. There's the caveat, however, of having to commit to living in the property for at least 3 years, and these homes are often listed for just 7 days.

Which mortgage option will you take advantage of to buy your first home.

I will be more than happy to put you in touch with a professional in the mortgage industry whom I’ve worked with in the past who will help find the loan program best fit for you.


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What my clients are saying  

"Great experience would use Barry again. All worked out well. Excellent experience."

 

~ Collette

First time home buyer, and he was great to work with! I will definitely be using Barry in the future! Best guy in the business!

 

~ Jon K.

"Pleasure to work with. Answered all of our questions and always responded promptly. Made his schedule flexible to fit ours. Overall great experience."

 

~ Brad

"Barry helped my husband and I buy our first house. A lot of people advised me when I started talking about the home buying process that it was very stressful and time consuming. Yes, it felt a little stressful but I have to say buying our first house was a smooth transaction. Barry was excellent with communication. I prefer using my email since I don't always have my cell phone on me. Barry was very quick at replying to all my emails and was always very polite. Barry was also very professional when setting up showings for us, showing the house and at closing. When we received a counter offer on the house from the owner I wasn't sure how to go about it. Barry walked me through all possible options. The options he gave with his opinions felt trustworthy (he wasn't just trying to make the sell). I also really liked that Barry was laid back. He has a calm and friendly demeanor, made him a pleasure to work with!"

 

~ Katarina

I chose to work with Barry because he was recommended by a good friend. Barry was amazing. The process went smoothly because he constantly kept us up to date on EVERYTHING. I have already recommended Barry to a few people.

 

~ Liz

I was purchasing this home from out of state and Barry carefully chose a beautiful home for me and my price range.He carefully listened and answered all questions and was always available.I would highly recommend him!This was the perfect place to come home to.

 

~ Mike

This realtor is more on selling your home and investing his time and money into it. He works with you and is very respectable of your home. I have not found another realtor that cares about you selling your home instead of how much money they make. He is the best by far!! I have also heard from others how nice this person is and how helpful he is; who goes out of his way to please!

 

~ KT N

Barry was wonderful to work with, especially as I was a first-time home buyer and being completely novice with the home buying process. From working with me on affordable homes and proffering advice, and knowing when it was right to delegate concerns as appropriate, Barry definitely knew my needs and interests in a home. His approach is no-nonsense. Definitely not pushy. On the contrary -- On the day I saw the home of my dreams, there were still a couple homes on the list to check out and he had asked me if I was sure I didnt want to see them. I'd said no, but it was fantastic he encouraged me to try one or two other homes. But even my mum has an old adage - when the right house is found, one knows straightaway that is the one. And he was very helpful for a post-sale issue too. Am most grateful! And he's right - living in Wisconsin is fantastic. Barry is highly recommended - again, much thanks!

 

~ David

If you are looking for a new home Barry Shaw is your guy. He is excellent! He found us the home of our dreams and helped us with all of our questions through closing. Thank you Barry!!

 

~ Robb

Barry understands all the emotions you go through when buying/selling your home. He responded to emails quickly. He set up home showings quickly for my husband and I to view. His negotiation skills are excellent. I highly recommend Barry to sell your house or find the house you always wanted! He found the perfect house for my family.

 

~ Jennifer

It was very enjoyable to have Barry show us houses in Prescott,WI. and surrounding areas. He was responsive in showing us the homes we were interested in, with no pressure. He was very helpful.

 

~ MC

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