Rental assistance can help you afford a safe place to rent by covering a portion of your monthly payment. Housing assistance can also lower your down payment requirement and make getting financing for a home purchase a little easier. For instance, some first time home buyer programs can reduce your out-of-pocket costs to $0!
A grant is free money, and a housing grant can make renting and homeownership cheaper by paying part of the cost. You can apply for grants and other assistance programs to lower the cost of your utilities and home renovations, too. Check out five public resources that could help pay for your housing expenses.
Many individuals need help buying first home properties because of the high purchase cost. Experienced buyers can use their previous home’s earnings as a down payment or buy a new home outright, but first-time buyers often lack the necessary funds.
Loans and grants for first time home buyers can make homeownership more attainable if you have little money for a down payment. Most first time home buyer programs consider you a first-time buyer if you meet the following requirements:
· You’ve never purchased a home before
· You’ve not owned or occupied a home for the last three years.
In some cases, lenders may consider you a first-time buyer if you are divorcing or in the process of leaving your partner with whom you co-own a home. If you are a repeat buyer, you may also receive first-time buyer benefits if you co-sign with a first-time buyer.
First time home buyer grants are financial awards you put toward the purchase of a home. Grants usually have conditions, which may include the following:
· Funds are only for home purchases
· Grants can serve as down payments
· The homebuyer must be an occupant (no investment properties)
· The homebuyer must qualify
Some grants may be issued as forgivable mortgages. In this case, the debt does not require repayment and will be erased when you meet the conditions, such as living in the home for a certain number of years. However, the grant becomes a loan if you break the terms, like selling the home before the end of the term’s period, and you will be responsible for repayment.
Every state has a homebuyer program. However, availability, benefits, and requirements vary by location. You can find these local government grants through your municipality’s housing assistance department.
You may also find homebuyer grants from local charities and housing foundations, such as the National Homebuyers Fund. This program is available for first-time and repeat homebuyers and works with conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA loans. The grant is for up to 5% of the purchase price.
Congress is reviewing legislation that was introduced last year that would offer thousands in housing grants for first-time buyers. Keep an eye on the following housing grant and bills:
· The Downpayment Toward Equity Act of 2021 would award up to $25,000 to qualified first-generation buyers. Funds could help cover the down payment, closing costs, discount points, and other expenses.
· The First-Time Homebuyer Act of 2021 would award up to $15,000 in tax credit.
· The Uplifting First-Time Homebuyer Act of 2021 would allow you to withdraw $20,000 (up from $10,000) from your 401K to buy your first home without receiving early withdrawal penalties
Grants can be a big help, but they usually do not cover an entire real estate purchase. Home loans cover the remaining purchase cost, since not many homebuyers have thousands of dollars saved to purchase a home completely.
Whether you are a first-time or repeat buyer, you can find loans that match your financial needs. The government insures home loans so lenders can offer better terms, such as a lower interest rate or down payment requirement.
Keep reading to find government-backed loans that can reduce your interest rate, credit requirement, and down payment percentage.