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Down Payment Assistance: Grants vs. Loans


Written By: David Reed
Thursday, January 09, 2020

Down payment assistance may often place limitations on household or borrower income. This limitation is connected to the median income for the area. Income is documented by providing copies of paycheck stubs, tax returns or W2 forms. This income is then compared to the median income for the area where the property being purchased is located. Down payment assistance might also be available for certain geographical areas deemed underserved or low-cost. Such areas might be located in low-to-moderate income areas are in places where real estate is in >

However down payment assistance is used, the assistance can come in the form of a grant or a loan. With a grant, the funds are issued outright. The amount is typically listed as a percentage of the sales price but can range anywhere from three to five percent of the value of the home. With a grant, the funds do not have to be paid back. Having a grant forgiven most often means the borrowers must own the property for a minimum period of time, usually three years. After three years, the grant is forgiven and does not have to be repaid.

With a loan, the awarded amount does have to be repaid, unlike a grant. The attractive feature of a loan is the >

The types of loans and grants vary widely and can be administered by a local, county or state agency. Individual mortgage companies may also be required to be approved to issue these loans or the applicant will apply individually. If youre thinking of buying a home and searching for a little more financial help, a down payment assistance program might be the best answer. Your mortgage company can help guide you through this process. Its best not to apply for assistance on your own, let your loan officer help.



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