If you are a first time home buyer wanting to purchase a home in the Charlotte NC area, but have limited funds for a down payment and less than perfect credit, combining a government-insured loan with a down payment assistance program could open up the door to home ownership for you and your family.
In order to qualify for a conventional loan, most lenders require home buyers to have an excellent credit score and to contribute between 5 and 20% of the home purchase price towards a down payment from their personal funds. A good credit is usually a 720+ score. For a $150,000 home for example, the down payment required by a lender for a conventional loan could be as much as $30,000. A home buyer is also responsible for paying the closing costs associated with the purchase of a home which usually amounts to 3.5% to 5% of the purchase price. If you have been saving for a while and have good credit, that’s fantastic! You can choose to borrow with a conventional loan. However, for people who want to own a home but cannot qualify for a conventional loan, a government-backed loan combined with a down payment assistance program can be the key to owning a home in Charlotte area.
Combining down payment assistance programs with government-insured loans
Down payment assistance programs and government-insured loans go hand in hand. The department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are the two government agencies that insure mortgage loans in an effort to make home ownership more affordable and accessible. Lenders who offer government loans like FHA and USDA loans are guaranteed to get compensated by the government in the event a borrower using a government-insured loan defaults. Without the government insuring some mortgage loans, many individuals and families would be unable to purchase a home. Government insured loans are fixed rate loans with low interest rate and low or no down payment requirements. Keep in mind that even though lower credit scores are accepted to qualify for a government-insured loan, most lenders add their own layers of risk above the government-insured loan requirements. In other words, lenders may require higher credit scores to qualify for an insured loan that the government would otherwise. Learn more about FHA loans.
A FHA loan combined with a down payment assistance program could allow you to purchase a home with little or no money down. How does that work? Banks are willing to take on more risks if a loan is “insured” by the government. There are two types of government insured loans – FHA loans and USDA loans. FHA loans only require 3.5% down and a credit score as low as 620 (as of July 2016), whereas USDA loans are 100% financing – in other words, no down payment – which means that the full purchase price of a home is financed over 30 years. Down payment assistance programs (aside from USDA loans), work in conjunction with FHA insured loans. Basically, down payment assistance programs provide home buyers funds to cover the 3.5% FHA down payment, and in some cases, funds to cover closing costs (closing costs are usually anywhere from 3% to 5% of the purchase price).
Down payment assistance programs in the greater Charlotte real estate market
If you want to purchase a home in the greater Charlotte real estate market, but do not have enough money saved to pay for a large down payment and closing costs, a down payment assistance program might just be what you need to make the dream of home ownership a reality. Down payment assistance programs are Government and City sponsored programs that are available to help home buyers with their down payment and closing costs for the purchase of a home. There are nine main down payment assistance programs available in the greater Charlotte real estate market. Each down payment assistance program has its own set of advantages. The down payment assistance programs described on this site include House Charlotte, House Concord, Home Advantage Mortgage, USDA, HUD $100 Down Program, Homepath, NSP, GNND, and 5:1 Match.
Down payment assistance programs – how we can help
We have spent much time researching, learning and mastering down payment assistance programs. We have put those programs to work to help many home buyers in the Charlotte area. Bottom line – it works, especially when combined with our unique real estate strategies. Down payment assistance programs are real and have helped thousands of families purchase homes in the Charlotte and surrounding areas. Read testimonials from past home buyers we have benefited from our expertise in down payment assistance programs. In our experience, most applicants do qualify for those programs and you too could receive up to $10,0000 in funds to help you with your down payment and closing costs when buying a home.
Depending on the down payment assistance program we can help you qualify for, our streamlined process could allow you to move in a home in 45 days or less with little or no out of pocket expenses. In order to qualify for those down payment assistance programs, various factors are taken into consideration such as gross household income, family size, where you want live, credit score, debt to income ratio, price range, etc.
The Realtors® at Cornerstone Realty have extensive experience in helping home buyers who want to take advantage of down payment assistance programs in the Charlotte area. Those programs are not limited to first time home buyers. Move-up buyers can also use some of those programs. For more information and to find out if you qualify for down payment assistance programs, call (704) 837-4672 today to have one of our expert Realtors® assist you.