There are typically two types of down payment assistance programs: those that offer aid in the form of grants and those that use second liens. Considered gifts, grants do not have to be repaid by the buyer at any point. Second liens must be paid back in full when the home is sold or refinanced. Interest rates on second liens are fixed for 30 years.
In order to be eligible for down payment assistance, you will have to meet certain requirements regarding income, family size, and location.
Homes for Texas Heroes offers an FHA loan to buyers who are public servants or educators. In addition to a fixed interest rate, the program offers down payment and closing cost assistance, up to 5 percent of the mortgage loan amount, in the form of a grant.
There are also several home loan programs that offer competitive interest rates to eligible homebuyers. In addition to a fixed interest rate, these programs offer down payment and closing cost assistance in amounts ranging from 4 to 5 percent of the mortgage loan in the form of either a second lien or a grant. Contact a Perennial loan officer to see if you’re eligible for one of these programs.
A Mortgage Credit Certificate, or MCC, gives eligible homebuyers a tax credit for a portion of their annual mortgage interest. This is capped at $2,000 per year and is available for every year you occupy the home as your principal residence. An MCC could save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.
The MCC is a nonrefundable tax credit, so you must have a tax liability in order to take advantage of it. For more information on special loan and down payment assistance programs, get in touch with a Perennial Mortgage Group loan expert now.