The Welcome Home Program provides a grant for qualified homebuyers with up to $5,000 of assistance toward the down payment and/or closing costs of a new home. This is a great opportunity if you've ever dreamed of owning your first home or if you’re looking to purchase a new home!
Funds are available beginning March 1, 2019 on a first come, first serve basis. We recommend that you make preparations as soon as possible to take advantage of this opportunity!
- $5,000 to use toward your down payment and/or closing costs.
- You can use these funds even when the sellers are paying your closing costs for you.
- Any funds left over can be used to pay down the principal balance of your loan.
- You can use these funds in conjunction with other grant fund programs.
- You can use these funds even if you have a down payment of your own.
- All funds are reserved for specific homebuyers purchasing specific homes and cannot be transferred to other homebuyers or to other homes.
- Welcome Home Program grant funds can be used with FHA, VA, THDA, USDA/Rural Housing, Home Ready, Community Investment Cash Advance, and other Conventional products.
- Your total household income must be at or below 80% of Mortgage Revenue Bond income limits. Your income calculation will be based on the limits in place at the time the program opens.
- Homebuyers must contribute at least $500 of their own funds toward the down payment and closing costs. However, 60% of these funds may be received as a gift.
- Funds received for down payment assistance grants from sellers, nonprofit, or other organizations (including state and local government agencies) cannot be used to reduce the required contribution.
- Costs outside of closing, such as hazard insurance, taxes, application fees, and other items related to the purchase, are considered part of the homebuyer’s required contribution.
- Homebuyers must remain in the home for five years. When you sell your home at a profit, Welcome Home will prorate the funds you have to pay back.
- You do not have to be a first-time homebuyer to participate, but all first-time homebuyers must complete a homebuyer counseling program.
- You cannot own two homes at once. However, if you are doing a simultaneous closing you can still qualify for the grant funds. You cannot keep your old home and buy a new one.
- Retention language must be added to the warranty deed explaining the five year retention period.
- The property must be used as the homebuyer’s primary residence.
- The property may consist of one to four units. For any property with two or more units, 85% of the projected rent of the other units must be included in the homebuyer’s income. An appraisal or current lease must be submitted when the funds are reserved.
- Some manufactured housing is eligible for Welcome Home assistance. Manufactured homes may be built in multi-sectional or single section units and must be installed on an FHA Title II permanent foundation system. The home and lot must be taxable together as real property. Single-section manufactured homes must be Energy Star-rated and documentation is required.
- Mobile homes are not eligible for the Welcome Home Program.
- Modular homes are eligible for the Welcome Home Program.
- If more than $500 is to be escrowed for buyer repairs, the property is ineligible for Welcome Home funds without advance written approval of the FHLB prior to closing.
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