Grants & Down Payment Assistance Programs

A 2017 Zillow survey of 10,000 American adults found that two-in-three people who were then renting identified saving for a down payment as their biggest obstacle to homeownership.

If you want to become a homeowner, but you don’t have enough cash for a down payment, a state or local down payment assistance program might be able to help. Most states and many counties and cities offer grants and no-interest loans to help first-time homebuyers pay for down payments and closing costs.

How do down payment assistance programs work?

Down payment assistance (DPA) programs help homebuyers with loans or grants that reduce the amount they need to save for a down payment. The help comes through state housing finance agencies as well as city and county government programs aimed at meeting affordable housing needs. Often the programs are offered in combination with mortgages geared to first-time home buyers.

There are four main types of down payment assistance programs:

  1. Loans that have to be paid down along with your first (main) mortgage
  2. Loans with deferred payments, which only have to be paid when you move, sell, refinance
  3. Loans that are forgiven over a set number of years, and only need repaying if you move, sell, refinance
  4. Grants, which are essentially gifts that never have to be repaid

Why so many different programs and different rules?

All sorts of sources fund DPAs. Money might come from federal, state, city, county and charitable funds. And each of those is free to set its own eligibility criteria and rules.

Most down payment assistance programs are for first-time buyers, but don’t count yourself out if you’ve ever owned a home. The programs typically define a first-time buyer as one who hasn’t owned a home for the past three years.

Some local programs target certain groups, such as teachers, police officers, emergency responders or city employees, while others are open to qualified repeat buyers.

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Source: The Mortgage Reports, Zillow, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Nerd Wallet

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