Low Income Home Loan Options

Low Income Home Loan Options

Owning a home is still the quintessential American Dream. Yet for many it can seem unattainable, especially if you have a low income. But don’t fret, a lower income doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t own a home, you just need to find the right loan.

Low Income Home Loan Options

The first thing to determine is what type of loan you may qualify for within your income bracket. The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA is the place to begin. Run by the US HUD department, the FHA is in the business of helping people buy homes, especially those with lower incomes, or less-than-perfect credit. The FHA isn’t a lender, but they help insure the funding risk for a private lender as much as they help protect the home buyer in ways beyond what conventional loans are able to do.

Because loans backed by the FHA also provide low interest rate options and don’t require as much of a down payment, more families with lower incomes are able to qualify and afford a home loan, provided you qualify also as a first-time home buyer.

For definition purposes, a first-time home buyer is someone who hasn’t owned property for a three-year period or has met other criteria such as being a newly single parent who previously owned a home with their former spouse. Various situations apply to qualify as a first-time home buyer.

If you meet the parameters of being a first-time home buyer and your income is low enough to qualify, an FHA backed loan could be ideal for you.  There are also state programs available in connection with the FHA/HUD Housing options, such as available through New Jersey. These are worth looking into you may be surprised by what you qualify for.

There are other programs which offer loans for qualified low income home buyers such through the USDA Direct Loan program, and the VA home loan offerings for military service men and women and their families. Another option worth considering if you’re up for a bit of home ownership education is the Fannie Mae HomeReady Mortgage.

These loans are designed for lower income families who just need that extra boost to cross the threshold into home ownership. There’s a requirement to take a Homeowner Education course, which you can do online, to qualify. Getting educated to understand the course of homeownership and all the financial responsibilities that come with it is something that’s good for everyone. With just a bit of extra wok you could qualify for a great loan despite your lower income.

Within the state, New Jersey offers a First-Time Home Buyer Program with down payment assistance and loan options available to qualifying buyers. Also, worth looking into is the $10,000 grant provided through the NJ Home Seeker Program which Atlantic County is a participating county.

When it’s time to buy a home, work with a Realtor® whose expertise can help you find solutions whatever your real estate needs may be. Get the conversation started with Matt Haviland, give him a call today at 609-338-3773 or send him an e-mailThe Haviland Group and Keller Williams Realty are ready to share their expertise and care for all your real estate needs.

Can I Buy a House in Atlantic County with No Money Down?

Atlantic County Real Estate

Many people continue to rent for fear of the unknowns of home buying. We’ve shared some information on several great programs for first-time home buyers in our last post. But what if you don’t have a down payment? There are some programs which allow no money down, but certain criteria must be met.

Can I buy a house in Atlantic County with no money down?

USDA Loans are backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These loans are also known as rural housing or rural development loans as they provide help with the purchase of houses located in certain rural areas and include zero down payment mortgage options for borrowers who qualify. Criteria for qualification includes household income, number of people living in the home and other factors such as approval of the property you are purchasing by area and size among other parameters.

USDA offers a helpful tool on their website to easily calculate the numbers you enter to determine your eligibility. Two types of single-family home loans are available with USDA, Single-Family Direct Home Loans and Single-Family Guaranteed Loans. Both programs have specific requirements for potential buyers which are outlined on the website. You can also search an address for eligibility to determine if a property in a small town or rural area of Atlantic County is covered. For example, just south of Egg Harbor, Corbin City is an area where there may be eligible homes due to its rural designation.

VA Loans programs assist active military members and veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These loan programs don’t require private mortgage insurance and they have no down payment mortgage options. While these loan programs are provided by private lenders and mortgage companies, the VA guarantees a portion of the loans to get the borrowers the best rates possible. This program is also available to surviving spouses of military personnel and veterans as well.

Can I buy a house in Atlantic County with no money down?The New Jersey HomeSeeker Program now offers $10,000 down payment assistance grants for residents of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Passaic and Union Counties. This grant is available for first-time homebuyers who qualify and obtain first mortgage financing through the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s (NJHMFA) Homeward Bound mortgage program. Contact our office to see if you qualify.

For more information on no down payment mortgage options, check out this information from Investopedia.  As always, Matt Haviland with The Haviland Group and Keller Williams Realty offers free consultation for first-time homebuyers. Contact Matt today at 609-338-3773 or via e-mail to find out how he can help you.