Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8AM-4:30PM M-F

TTY 711

3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tom Fleetwood,
HCD Director

FTHB and WDU Homebuyers

The First-Time Homebuyers (FTHB) Program 
The First-Time Homebuyers (FTHB) Program has been providing affordable homes primarily through the Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program to low- and moderate-income families since 1992. Homes are offered at sale prices well below the sale price of other homes in the same development. ADUs are provided under provisions of Fairfax County’s Zoning Ordinance.

  • Affordably priced new and resale homes are available to first-time homebuyers in Fairfax County
  • Current home prices range from $95,000 to low $200,000s *Covenants apply


Who is Eligible for FTHB Homeownership Opportunities?

  • First-time homebuyers and individuals who have not owned a home in three years. Certain exceptions apply.
  • Families with at least $25,000 in income and not more than the maximum income limits listed below.
  • Families who can qualify for a home loan and have credit scores of 620 and above.
  • Families with 2% down payment, plus closing costs and at least one month of savings. Click here for additional financial requirements.
  • Families with individuals aged 55 or older may qualify for special criteria or offerings.


Note: Income Limits updated July 31, 2020 and are subject to annual adjustments.

How Do I Apply?

1. Attend a First-Time Homebuyers Orientation(FTHB) Session

2. Attend a certified homeownership class

3. Have a lender complete a First-Time Homebuyers Lender Letter

4. Submit a completed application package

5. Attend an Information Session, after application is approved




FTHB Orientation Session

This orientation session is an introduction to the full inventory of homebuyer programs offered by Fairfax County.  Click the link below for upcoming orientation sessions.

How Are Homeowners Selected?

Applicants who follow all of the above application steps and are approved to participate in First-Time Homebuyers Program drawings and may participate in the selection process. First-Time Homebuyers Program properties for sale are listed on our website. The random selection is based on household size and preference points. Applicants with the highest preference points will be considered first. If a home includes accessible features, priority is given to those who have a disability requiring the home’s features. Only applicants with a certificate of eligibility at the time of purchase may buy a First-Time Homebuyer unit.

A maximum of nine (9) preference points are awarded to those who:

  • Live or work in Fairfax County (5 points)
  • Have at least one child under the age of 18 Or a dependent with disabilities (1 point)
  • Participate in the program each year (Maximum of 3 points)

To keep these homes affordable, 30-year agreements, know as covenants,* apply. Each FTHB Homeowner Must agree to:

  • Live in the home as your primary residence; that means no renting is allowed.
  • Sign an annual occupancy affidavit, that FTHB staff send you, that you are occupying the home as your primary residence.
  • Contact staff before refinancing the home.
  • Offer the FTHB home back to Fairfax County when interested in selling the home.
  • Sell your home at a price determined by the FTHB Program during the 30-year price control period.

*Note:  Owners are responsible for all home maintenance, home improvements by licensed contractors, and compliance with homeowner and/or condominium fees, rules and regulations.

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