Down Payment Assistance
What are the pros and cons of down payment assistance?
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What is down payment assistance?
Down payment assistance is a program that assists home buyers with loans or grants to reduce the amount they need to save for a down payment. They vary by location and there are more than 2,000 of these programs nationwide. If the buyer receives down payment assistance, they could be qualified for thousands of dollars.
How does down payment assistance for homes work?
Down Payment Assistance helps homebuyers with receiving grants or low-interest loans, reducing the amount of money they need to put down for a down payment. In some cases if you qualify, you could possibly receive a grant or a low-interest or no-interest loan to cover your down payment. As for closing costs, some down payment assistance funds can be used for them.
Many down payment assistance programs require that you are a first time home buyer, repeat home buyer (meaning if you haven’t owned a home in 3 years), have a credit score of 620 or higher and a low to moderate income.
Types of down payment assistance programs:
- Deferred loans
Forgivable loans Typical requirements how to get down payment assistance:
- First-time home buyers
- Buyers must have low- to moderate-income
- The home will be a primary residence
- The home is within local purchase price limits
- The down payment assistance is used in conjunction with an approved mortgage program
- You work with an approved mortgage lender
Minnesota Down Payment Assistance Programs
The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) provides two types of down payment assistance loans to eligible borrowers:
- Monthly Payment Loan
- Deferred Payment Loan
Pros and Cons of Down Payment Assistance Programs
|✓ Pros||✗ Cons|
|Easier to afford a home||Can add financial stress later|
|Help some people get financing||May come with residency restrictions|
|May offer access to lower rates||Have strict eligibility requirements|
|May not require repayment||Slower closing process|
|May avoid private mortgage insurance|
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