NHF grants can help you buy a home sooner
Many homeowners feel like they can't get in the door because they don't have the money to pay for a down payment and for closing costs.
Fortunately, you are not alone with these high expenses.
Thousands of deposit support programs across the country can help first-time buyers and repeaters alike.
The National Homebuyers Fund (NHF) is one such program. Since 2002, it has raised millions of dollars to help families make their dreams of living come true.
Best of all, there is usually no need to repay NHF grants and loans. So if you are eligible for assistance, it is as good as free money.
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What is the National Homebuyers Fund?
The National Homebuyers Fund, Inc. (NHF) is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2002.
It provides assistance with closing costs and / or down payments to qualified borrowers across the country – including first-time home buyers and repeaters.
According to its website, the NHF was created to "stimulate and expand home ownership and empower communities across the country". It is aimed at people seeking help with affordable housing, including first-time buyers.
Since its inception, the NHF has provided more than $ 376 million down payment assistance to eligible borrowers. In addition, it has helped over 44,600 people or families purchase a home.
NHF help with homebuyers
The NHF can support up to 5% of your mortgage loan amount. So, for example, if you received a $ 250,000 mortgage, the NHF can provide you with up to $ 12,500 as a grant or forgivable loan to help cover your upfront expenses.
California residents also have access to other NHF programs, including funding for energy-efficient home improvements, obtaining a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC), and additional assistance with down payment.
This is how NHF grants work
The NHF is based in Sacramento, California, but people in all 50 states can apply for down payments and graduation allowances from the NHF. There are two forms: *
A grant of up to 5% of the final loan amount: "Grants are free and don't have to be paid back," notes Anna DeSimone, author of Live in a Home that Pays You BackA second mortgage loan with 0% interest that is granted after three years: This second home loan is usually large enough to cover your down payment or closing costs
With a forgivable loan, you don't have to pay principal or interest – that is, you don't have to pay any interest. H. You won't pay back at all – if you stick to the program's limitations. Basically, you need to stay in the house for the full three years before the loan is expired.
"Eligible loans help home buyers meet their up-front costs," says DeSimone. "And then every year for several years a certain part of the credit balance is canceled until it reaches zero."
With an NHF loan, the loan balance is completely waived after three years.
How to qualify for the NHF deposit assistance
To qualify for a National Homebuyers Fund grant or loan, you must meet a number of basic requirements. Fortunately, they are not too strict: *
You don't have to be a first-time buyer to be eligible The income limits are higher than expected as the program is relatively flexible for both low and middle income people: 640 and 45% respectively can be used for FHA, VA and USDA loans
An important clue: To apply for NHF Down Payment Assistance, you must work with a participating mortgage lender.
You can find one near you by asking your real estate agent or by contacting the NFH at toll free number (866) 643-4968.
* An NHF representative confirmed this information, but could not give any specific amounts / figures.
Disadvantages to be noted
There are some limitations to NFH support.
You have to stay in the apartment for at least three years. So if you are planning to move or refinance soon after buying your home with the help of NFH funds, then you should stay away from it.
In addition, the aid can currently be used to buy a home, but not for refinancing. And only a select number of participating lenders offer NHF support. This gives you a leaner choice when shopping for the best interest rates.
Alternatives to the NHF for home ownership grants
If you don't qualify for an NHF grant – or are looking for extra assistance to supplement one – there are plenty of other programs out there to help homebuyers.
This article lists popular deposit support programs in each state.
You can also visit downpaymentresource.com to find resources near you that your credit and income may be eligible to receive.
Depending on the program offered, “A credit score of at least 640 is typically required and there are income limits that vary by state. And typically, these other programs offer eligible borrowers assistance between 3% and 5% of the purchase price, ”said Randall Yates, CEO of The Lenders Network.
Some homebuyers have also found listings through Fannie Mae's HomePath program, which connects buyers to foreclosed homes.
“Another place to look for homebuyer help is on the HUD website,” suggests Yates.
Check with local programs in your area
Mortgage Network's Ryan Leahy also recommends contacting the housing authority in the municipality where you are buying. These agencies can help you find closing cost and down payment support programs that may not be well known.
“Take a close look at the requirements that may need to be met, such as: Take a course for first-time buyers, for example, ”advises Leahy.
Whether you are using NHF funds or otherwise, “make sure you are working with a loan officer who is experienced with grants and down payment support programs,” adds Leahy.
"Sometimes these programs can make coordinating your mortgage loan a little more difficult and making sure all funds are ready to close," he says.
If you have a loan officer who is already familiar with the process, things will go more smoothly. However, there are often steps you need to take yourself – like completing a homebuyer training course – so you should contact the NHF before starting to make sure you understand all of the necessary steps.
Low down payment loans can also help
Down payment support programs through the NHF and local and state programs lower the barriers for first-time home buyers.
Or, you can help yourself by finding low down payment loan options, such as:
FHA loan: These only require 3.5% less if your FICO score is 580 or higherUSDA loan: You can buy without a down payment in qualified rural areas and if you have a modest income; You will need a credit rating of 640 with most lendersVA loan: Veterans and active duty members can get a VA loan with no down payment and no ongoing mortgage insurance Some conventional loans: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac offer some conventional loans with as little as 3% down payment
Private lenders across the country offer these types of loans.
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