I can afford the home, but I can’t afford the entire down payment. What should I do?

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Little down payment does not mean they are an unqualified buyer

Welcome back everyone! This week I want to discuss something that comes up quite frequently in my line of work. I hear it constantly from 1st time home buyers. They have a good job, they pay their bills on time, but with the cost of living it is becoming hard for them to save up money for the down payment on a home. Another huge misconception is that buyers think that they need to put down 20% for a down payment, this is far from true. Most programs require anywhere from a 3%-5% down payment in order to obtain a home, but what if you don’t have that? I have some solutions for that very problem, there are options available to assist you with down payment. Some  people I talk to have some money saved up, but not the full amount needed for the down payment. Now, this doesn’t mean you cannot get financed for a mortgage. There are some options that can help you out with down payment, let’s go over a few of those below.

VA Financing (Current & Active U.S. Military)

This program is strictly for United States military, both current and former, and surviving spouses of US veterans. This programs allows the veteran to finance up to 100% of the purchase price of the home. This is a program that veterans have earned, yet many veterans are unaware of this program. This is a great program for them and a great program for the sellers. Veterans are able to take advantage of low-interest rates and avoid mortgage insurance on their new mortgage. Click here to see if you qualify for a VA Home Loan.

 

IHCDA (This is for Indiana only)

HELPING TO OWN (H2O)

  • First-time homebuyers only, unless purchasing in a Targeted area
  • FHA 30-Year fixed loans only
  • 100% financing
  • Down Payment Assistance (DPA) grant of 3.5%, does not have to be re-paid
  • Program Income limits Apply (Click here to see if you qualify)
  • Minimum credit score of 660
  • Reservation fee $100

MORTGAGE CREDIT CERTIFICATE (MCC)

  • First time home buyer unless purchasing in a targeted area (see Program Guide for targeted areas)
  • Income and Acquisition limits apply
  • 30 year fixed rate (lender sets rate)
  • Federal Tax benefit
  • FHA, Conv, VA or USDA Rural Housing financing eligible
  • Reservation fee $500

NEXT HOME (NH)

  • Does not have to be a first time home buyer
  • Income limits apply
  • 30 year fixed rate (set by IHCDA)
  • Minimum credit score of 660 for FHA or minimum of 680 for Conv
  • FHA or Conv financing eligible
  • 2 year affordability period
  • DPA – 3.5% of purchase price or appraised value, whichever is less for FHA or 3% of purchase price or appraised value, whichever is less for Conventional
  • No cash back at closing except for what the Mortgagor paid into the loan
  • Reservation fee $100

NEXT HOME WITH MORTGAGE CREDIT CERTIFICATE (NH/MCC)

  • First time home buyer unless purchasing in a targeted area (see Program Guide for targeted areas)
  • Income and Acquisition limits apply
  • 30 year fixed rate (set by IHCDA)
  • Minimum credit score of 660 for FHA or minimum of 680 for Conventional
  • Federal Tax benefit
  • FHA or Conventional financing eligible
  • 2 year affordability period
  • DPA – 3.5% of purchase price or appraised value, whichever is less for FHA or 3% of purchase price or appraised value, whichever is less for Conv
  • No cash back at closing except for what the Mortgagor paid into the loan
  • Reservation fee $100

AFFORDABLE HOME (AH)

  • First time home buyer unless purchasing in a targeted area (see Program Guide for targeted areas)
  • Income limits apply
  • 30 year fixed rate (set by IHCDA)
  • Minimum credit score 660
  • FHA financing eligible
  • Reservation fee $100

MY HOME (MH)

  • Does not have to be a first time home buyer
  • Income limits apply
  • 30 year fixed rate (set by IHCDA)
  • Minimum credit score 660 for loans having LTVs equal to or less than 95%. LTVs greater than 95% the credit score that is required may vary 
  • Conv financing eligible
  • Master Servicer must underwrite all loans having LTVs greater than 95%
  • Reservation fee $100

MY HOME WITH MORTGAGE CREDIT CERTIFICATE (MH/MCC)

  • First time home buyer unless purchasing in a targeted area (see Program Guide for targeted areas)
  • Income and Acquisition limits apply
  • 30 year fixed rate (set by IHCDA)
  • Minimum credit score 660 for loans having LTVs equal to or less than 95%. LTVs greater than 95% the credit score that is required may vary 
  • Federal Tax benefit
  • Conv financing eligible
  • Master Servicer must underwrite all loans having LTVs greater than 95%
  • Reservation fee $100

These programs do have income limitations, click here to see if you qualify for these programs.

IHDA (This is Illinois only)

1ST HOME ILLINOIS

  • If you are interested in buying a home in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, Fulton, Kane, Marion, McHenry, St. Clair, Will or Winnebago counties, 1ST Home Illinois is the product for you.  It combines a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a $7,500 down payment assistance grant. 1ST Home Illinois  is tailored for first-time homebuyers, veterans, or anyone who hasn’t owned a home in the last three years.

@HOMEILLINOIS FIRST-TIME BUYER

The @HomeIllinois mortgage is a safe, 30-year, fixed rate mortgage. That means your interest rate will never change. Are you concerned about saving for the down payment? With @HomeIllinois, the buyer contribution is $1,000 or 1 percent of the purchase price, whichever is greater. So for as little as $1,000 out-of-pocket, you can get into your first home. @HomeIllinois is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a variety of options to choose from. The options you choose will determine the interest rate for your loan.

Options:

  • $5,000 down payment or closing cost assistance
  • Federal tax credit certificate
  • Lender paid mortgage insurance
  • Choice of FHA, VA, USDA or Conventional loan type

Requirements:

  • Contribute $1,000 or 1 percent of the purchase price, whichever is greater
  • Meet the income and purchase price limits
  • Meet the credit requirements
  • Live in the home as your primary residence
  • Complete homeownership counseling (online and in-person options available)

@HOMEILLINOIS REPEAT BUYER

Are you looking to upgrade, downsize or simply change zip codes? The @HomeIllinois mortgage is the mortgage for you. For the first time ever, IHDA is offering $5,000 in down payment or closing cost assistance to repeat buyers. With interest rates at historical lows, there’s no better time to buy your next home than now.The @HomeIllinois mortgage is a safe, 30-year, fixed rate mortgage. That means your interest rate will never change. Are you concerned about saving for the down payment? With @HomeIllinois, the buyer contribution is $1,000 or 1 percent of the purchase price, whichever is greater. So for as little as $1,000 out-of-pocket, you can get into your next home.

@HomeIllinois is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a variety of options to choose from. The options you choose will determine the interest rate for your loan.

Options:

  • $5,000 down payment or closing cost assistance
  • Lender paid mortgage insurance
  • Choice of FHA, VA, USDA or Conventional loan type

Requirements:

  • Contribute $1,000 or 1 percent of the purchase price, whichever is greater
  • Meet the income and purchase price limits
  • Meet the credit requirements
  • Live in the home as your primary residence
  • Complete homeownership counseling (online and in-person options available)

USDA Financing

USDA Mortgages are a great option for people who are looking to buy in rural areas. Buyers need to be able to meet certain income qualification and they also need to meet certain credit score qualifications as well. USDA is an option which allows for 100% financing on a property. Properties also have to be in eligible USDA areas in order to obtain a USDA mortgage. Click here to see if you or a property qualifies for USDA financing.

HUD (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development) Homes

When someone who has an FHA Mortgage on their property and they foreclose on that property, it then becomes a HUD Home. You can get a solid deal on these homes when  they are available, but be aware sometimes they will need some work. The benefit of buying a HUD Home is that you can typically get a great deal on your home and you can buy the home with as little as $100 down. That’s right, $100 down payment. The great thing about HUD Homes is that they give people who plan to buy this as their primary residence first dibs at bidding on them. This means that investors have to wait until primary residence homebuyers get an opportunity to make an offer on the property. Good deals get picked up quick, so if you find a nice HUD Home, make an offer quickly. Click here and I can put you in contact with someone who is experienced in HUD Homes.

Local County and City Down Payment Programs

There are local counties and cities across the state that offer incentives for buyers to move to their areas. Typically there are offered through their economic development departments. These grants can help you with down payment assistance and also help you with closing costs. There are entirely too many to list, so to see if you qualify for any of these programs, click here. 

I put some extra useful information into this week’s post. This will help you and possibly save you some money while buying your home. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, and I also left you with something that is absolutely FREE. It will help you with your home buying process and answer all of the initial questions that you have. All you have to do is click the image below, it’s that simple. You’ll get immediate access to my free home buyer’s guide.

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Thanks again everyone!

-Ed

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