Archive for December 7, 2009

HOMEstead Downpayment and Closing Cost Assistance Loan

December 7, 2009 3 comments

Homebuyers eligible for the HOMEstead program may qualify for up to $10,000 maximum  to $1,000 minimum in down payment and closing cost assistance in the form of a no-interest, second mortgage loan. The loans are forgiven at 20 % per year over 5 years.  The first mortgage is provided by PHFA at the same rate as the Keystone Home Loan PLUS program.  A fee of 1 % plus $300 is applicable, but may be financed by the HOMEstead loan.

You must have money to make a down payment of at least 3 % of the purchase price, or $1,000 if your credit score is at least 660. HOMEstead funds provide the remainder of the down payment and the closing costs.  In certain cases, based upon family need, the funds may provide additional down money to make the property affordable to the buyer.

Buyers participating in PHFA’s Keystone Home Loan Program are eligible to apply if they meet certain income limits and home cost limits which vary by county.  Most major cities and seven counties are wholly excluded from the program because they receive their own federal allocation.  The home must meet other property guidelines specified by federal rules. Federal regulations for Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (24 CFR Part 35) are applicable to HOMEstead Second Mortgage Program applicants.

PHFA homeownership loan programs are made by local lending institutions, not by the Agency itself. PHFA HOMEstead funding is therefore allocated to eligible homebuyers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact me for more information.  Are you ready to start looking for your dream home?


PHFA offers home loans with low interest rates & fees

December 7, 2009 1 comment

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) offers home loans with low-interest rates and fees through two programs:

KEYSTONE HOME LOAN- This one has the fewest eligibility requirements and the highest income and purchase price limits. You don’t even have to be a first-time home buyer if you are buying a home in a ’Targeted’ area. These areas are indicated on the list of income and purchase price limits(call me for the list). First-time buyers may apply to receive up to $1,500 in assistance in the form of a zero percent interest loan that does not require repayment until the buyer pays off or refinances the Keystone Home Loan first mortgage, or sells the home.

KEYSTONE HOME LOAN PLUSThis one has the lowest rate available, but the income and purchase price limits are also lower, and there are some additional eligibility guidelines(call me for these guidelines). Buyers eligible for the PLUS program may also receive up to $3,000 in assistance in the form of a zero percent interest loan that does not require repayment until the buyer pays off or refinances the PLUS first mortgage, or sells the home.

Both programs have maximum income and purchase price limits that vary by the county in which you are buying a home. You may also need to be a First Time Buyer and meet other eligibility guidelines specific to each program. All of PHFA’s loans have a fixed interest rate for 30 years, and there is no early payoff penalty.

If you are interested in hearing more about these programs, please contact me for more information.  Your dream home is waiting for you!