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Empowering first-time homebuyers

Get a no down payment mortgage with the First-Time Homebuyer Program!

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Who qualifies?


The First-Time Homebuyer Program1 is made for members who have never had a mortgage or haven't had one in the last three years.

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No down payment
With the First-Time Homebuyer Program, you can skip your down payment!
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Closing cost credit
Get up to $5,000 closing cost credit when you participate in the Real Estate Broker Program.²
No area median income limits
There’s no limit on your income for you to qualify for the First-Time Homebuyer Program.
Competitive rates
As a credit union, we’re proud to offer you great rates and flexible loan terms.
Closing Guarantee
If your closing is delayed, we’ll pay you $100 per delayed day.³
Local loan servicing
Enjoy in-house underwriting and processing, quick closing timelines and attentive service for the life of your loan.

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What homebuyers are saying

"Everything from start to finish was easy. We were kept informed at every step of the way what to expect."
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Apply for your mortgage in 4 easy steps

Start your application online, at a branch or by calling (602) 433-4663.
Choose your loan type.
Provide the requested documents.
Finalize your application!
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First-time homebuyer resources

The Phoenix-Area Homebuyer’s Guide
Get all the details related to buying a home, whether it’s your first time or you need a refresher.
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The Homebuying Pro’s “Things to Consider” Guide
Understand what make-or-break factors should be on your list when looking for your next home.
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A Guide to Greater Phoenix Neighborhoods
Use this guide to help you find the area that fits your lifestyle and budget.
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The Path to Homeownership
Learn more about the steps in the homebuying process with a game-inspired infographic.
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FAQs for first-time homebuyers

What is the benefit of being a first-time homebuyer?

First-time homebuyers may qualify for special low down payment programs. Many of them will require at least one of the buyers to be a first-time homebuyer. The typical definition of a first-time homebuyer is someone who has not owned a home in the last three years. At Desert Financial, we have a program for first-time homebuyers that requires no down payment.1

How does it benefit me to get pre-approved for a loan first?

A pre-approval gives you the peace of mind that you’re looking at homes in your price range and you’re able to make an offer with confidence in your ability to make the mortgage payments. It also puts you in a better position when competing with other offers on the same home. It can also help speed up the process once you’re under contract. 

How does it benefit me to have a real estate agent?

A real estate agent will serve as a guide through your home search and a trusted resource in the local market. They will represent you in the negotiation process and advise you every step of the way. Generally, the seller pays for the commission earned by the buyer's real estate agent. Therefore, you are not paying for your agent's commission, while still gaining the benefit of professional representation and guidance. Desert Financial has a real estate broker program2 that offers an added perk of up to $5,000 towards closing costs for working with one of the program’s agent partners. Ask your loan officer about this great value to learn more.

Why buy instead of rent?

While renting may be necessary at times, homeownership unlocks your power to build equity, which can increase your net worth and help improve your financial stability. Owning a home could potentially reduce your tax bill5 and it’s an asset that can be passed on to your heirs.

What are some Do’s and Don’ts when looking to get a first mortgage loan?

Do create a budget.

Do keep good records of your finances such as bank statements, paystubs, W2s and tax returns.

Do review your credit for accuracy to avoid surprises.

Don’t acquire new credit such as a department store charge card.

Don’t make large cash deposits.

Don’t change your place of work.

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Mortgage loans are offered by Define Mortgage Solutions, LLC, NMLS ID #1761612, BK#0949053, a subsidiary of Desert Financial Credit Union.


Must be a first-time homebuyer (not having owned a primary residence in the last three years) with a minimum credit score of 680 to be eligible. Property must be located in Arizona. Jumbo loans and loans with non-occupant co-borrowers are ineligible. Additional restrictions and eligibility requirements apply


Participation in the Real Estate Broker Program is voluntary. Desert Financial Credit Union and its subsidiary Define Mortgage Solutions LLC do not receive any benefit, monetary or otherwise, from the Participating Broker under this program. Participating Brokers are non-affiliated third parties of Define Mortgage Solutions LLC and Define Mortgage Solutions LLC makes no warranties or representations about the service provided by the Participating Brokers. To participate in this program, the member does not have to finance the mortgage loan with Define Mortgage Solutions LLC. Amount of credit will vary and is based on 25% of the buyer’s agent’s commission up to a maximum of $5,000. For full program details, see the Real Estate Broker Program Notice. Mortgage loans are offered by Define Mortgage Solutions, LLC, NMLS ID #1761612, BK#0949053, a subsidiary of Desert Financial Credit Union.

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