I can't say it better than this mortgage broker did, so check out Janet Guilbault's blog here:
It's a great opportunity for us parents as well as the kid. How else could we take advantage of the 3.5% down payment possibility that FHA offers? To qualify for FHA, you have to intend to occupy the property as your primary propertythat's the kid part. Plus, you can have a non-occupant co-signerthat's you. If you buy units, as long as your child lives in one, you can do that, too! The First Time Buyer Tax Credit is a bonus. If you do an equity-sharing partnership with your kid, you both can prosper. This is not coddling your kid so much as creating a dynamic investing machine.