First-Time Home Buyers
Ready to put down roots? SLFCU members get great rates and unsurpassed service. First-time home buyers only need a down payment of 3% of the home's value in most markets.
As your local credit union, we can provide many advantages large banks can't, such as local decisions and servicing for the life of your loan, low fees with quick closings, and no private mortgage insurance (PMI) requirement.
- Visit our Home Loans page and Mortgage FAQs to get answers to common questions.
- Register at HomeAdvantage® to research the same database used by real estate agents.
- Talk to an SLFCU loan officer. They don’t work on commission; they want to help you find the loan that best meets your needs.
- Estimate your payments to explore your options.
- Learn about what you need to save in order to buy a home and how to get there.
Why is it important to get pre-approved?
- A seller will take you more seriously.
- You’ll know how much you qualify for, and get a clear idea of your price range. The loan officer will look at your monthly payment obligations and income to determine your maximum monthly payment. In most markets, qualifying first-time home buyers only need a down payment of 3% of the home's value, and you don't have to pay PMI.
CONTACT A REAL ESTATE AGENT.
A real estate agent helps home buyers by educating them about the market, homes, and neighborhoods, negotiating offers, and meeting contract deadlines. HomeAdvantage® is a free, easy-to-use service that can help you in your search and refer you to a trusted agent in your area. Using a HomeAdvantage agent to purchase your home can qualify you to earn cash back equal to 20% of the agent's commission.*
CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS.
SLFCU’s 15/15 adjustable rate first mortgage is a smart choice for many first-time home buyers. You'll save on closing costs and lock in rates and payments for fifteen-year intervals. Most first-time home buyers move or refinance within eight years, so locking in a long term with high closing costs may not be in your best interest. But if you're looking for the long-term stability of a fixed rate loan, SLFCU has options with low rates and terms that fit your needs. SLFCU also offers construction and vacant land loans.
FOLLOW THE EXPERTS' LEAD.
Your loan officer and real estate agent will see you through the negotiations, inspections, and paperwork that lead up to the day you'll be handed the keys to your new home. Have questions? Call 505.237.7161 or 800.947.5328, ext. 7161 to talk to a loan officer. You can also email us at email@example.com.
*HomeAdvantage is available to you through your membership with SLFCU. Cash Rewards are available to members who register to use HomeAdvantage and who use a real estate agent in the HomeAdvantage network to buy or sell their home. Using SLFCU for a mortgage is not a requirement to earn Cash Rewards. Cash Rewards amounts are dependent on the commissions paid to the agent. SLFCU may have specific rules on how your Cash Rewards will be paid out. Cash Rewards are void where prohibited by law or the lender. Please consult with your credit union to get details that may affect you.
15/15 adjustable rate first mortgages are for owner-occupied properties. Construction loans are excluded. A $45 initial credit report fee applies to all loans. If loan does not close, fees incurred will be charged to the member. All loans subject to credit approval. Rates subject to change without further notice. Available rate based on credit history. Not everyone will qualify for lowest rate. Contact SLFCU for details.
3% cash required from buyer. 15/15 is As low as 6.368% APR and 5/5 is As low as 4.732% APR. APR = Annual Percentage Rate. 15/15 Rate and payments adjust only once at 15 years. Rate is variable and can increase by no more than 6.00% at the 15-year adjustment. 5/5 Rate and payments adjust only once every 5 years. Rate is variable and can increase by no more than 2.0% every five years with a lifetime cap of 5.0%. 4.00% floor rate applies beginning at first adjustment. Valid for adjustable rate first mortgages for owner occupied properties. A $45 initial credit report fee applies to all loans. Third-party fees may apply in certain circumstances. Additional fees may apply outside New Mexico. 15/15 repayment term 360 monthly payments of $6.24 per $1,000 borrowed. 5/5 repayment term 360 monthly payments of $4.92 per $1,000 borrowed. APR and payment example are subject to change.Go to main navigation