Homeownership is a goal that many people around the world share. Our desire for shelter is an innate need we have as humans. Sometimes, the only barrier to owning a home is coming up with the money down or not wanting to drain your bank account with a down payment.
Here's the most popular option for down payment assistance:
Home in 5 Advantage: this is the most used program for home buyers, offered through FHA. It offers up to 5% in downpayment assistance for eligible buyers. The requirements are that you: have a minimum credit score of 640, make less than 90k a year, buy a home less than 300K, and have a debit-to-income ratio of 45% (or better). You can use this program even if you own, or have owned a home! An 8 hour class on homeownership is also required, once you qualify for the assistance.
Bonus! If you work in a qualifying field, you may also receive an additional 1% in assistance!*
The catch? Your interest rate is going to be higher than average because you have less, 'skin in the game' so-to-speak. You will also have Private Mortgage Insurance included in your payment, that will cost you extra too. There are other administrative fees and closing costs involved, so you will still have to come up with some money out-of-pocket. However, your REALTOR® can also work to negotiate for the seller to help pay some of those closing costs.
This assistance does not have to be repaid! Ever!
So if you need help with a down payment, don't hesitate to reach out to a mortgage broker and find out your options. They'll be able to let you know your interest rate, amount of assistance, fees, and other information; so you can get the full picture of your financial options when buying a home. Then we can search for homes within your financial comfort zone, to help you accomplish your real estate goals!
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*Qualifying fields include: Veteran, Police, Fire, Nurse, Teacher, First Responder, Doctor, Military, and others.