DSHA Delaware Diamond DPA Program launches June 15, 2023 and gives Delaware Essential Workers $15,000 toward purchasing a home in Delaware. If you are a current Delaware Resident living and working in Delaware as an “Essential Worker” then don’t miss this opportunity to get $15k from the Delaware State Housing Authority to help you purchase a home. Limited Funding so call now to get started at 302-703-0727 or APPLY ONLINE.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR THE DSHA DELAWARE DIAMOND DPA PROGRAM?
The DSHA Delaware Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA) will be a soft second mortgage loan for $15,000 toward closing costs & down payment. The loan will be forgiven after 10 years. In order to qualify must be a Delaware Resident that is currently working in Delaware as an Essential Worker. Below are the guidelines for the Program:Keep Reading...
DSHA Home Sweet Home Down Payment Assistance Program provides $12,000 toward down payment and closing costs to eligible home buyers purchasing in Delaware. If you are a Delaware home buyer then you don’t want to miss out on your chance to get from the State of Delaware to help you purchase your home. You don’t even have to be a Delaware First Time Home Buyer, you can be a repeat home buyer. Find out if you qualify by calling the John Thomas Team at 302-703-0727 or APPLY ONLINE.
What are the Guidelines for the DSHA Home Sweet Home Program?
DSHA Homes for Grads Program is perfect for someone who has been kept from purchasing a home because of not being able to save for down payment and closing costs. The DSHA Preferred Plus Program with the Homes for Grads program provides down payment and closing costs assistance as well as reduced interest rate mortgage loans. Homes for Grads receive a 0.50% reduction in interest rate! For more information call John Thomas at 302-703-0727 or APPLY ONLINE NOW
Who is Eligible for the DSHA Homes for Grads Program?
In order to be eligible to apply for a Homes for Grad Home Loan you must have graduated from a college with a four year degree or higher. The borrower or co-borrower must have completed the required courses withing three years pf the date of reservation rate lock with DSHA. Keep Reading...
For Delaware buyers that are having trouble stretching their savings for the required down payment for their desired mortgage, Delaware Down Payment Grants Down can be a life saver. The grants were designed to assist buyers who find themselves short of the down payment and usually don’t have to be repaid. This makes them an ideal helper to anyone looking to secure financing for their home buying journey.
It is definitely worth it to go through the sometimes tedious process to get approved for the grants – much of the money goes unclaimed. There are a few things you need to know about Delaware Down Payment Grants:
The money awarded for Down payment assistance is allocated to Delaware via HUD.
The main eligibility requirements include credit score and income, the price of the home, and the area the home is located.
Applicants must be first-time buyers purchasing a primary residence.
It is essential to understand the fine print – there are strict rules that could result in the money needing to be returned.
The John Thomas Team can help you determine if you’re eligible for a Delaware Down Payment Grant – contact us by calling302-703-0727 or simply APPLY NOW.
Delaware Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Ease The Process for First Time Homebuyers
It’s no secret that first time home buyers face a number of issues, the biggest being down payment costs. Delaware Down Payment Assistance Programs can help create a more manageable experience on the home buyer journey. Programs like Delaware Down Payment Grants are designed to help eligible buyers create a bridge between their savings and the down payment costs for a mortgage.
It is important to understand the difference between a grant and a loan. Grants do not have to be paid back if the borrower meets the guidelines for the program. Loans have to be paid back at some point. Some loans may have a deferment period with no payments and some have no payments only have to be paid back when the home is sold or refinanced.
If you’re in the market for a home and struggling to find funds, it’s important to understand the information below to help you navigate Delaware down payment grants successfully.
Where Should You Look For Delaware Down Payment Grants?
Before you get started, it’s important to understand how these down payment grants work. The grants are not provided directly to individuals by the government. HUD allocates money to states instead, and from there states award the funds to qualified buyers. The process works like this in Delaware – all grants are awarded at the local level.
The Delaware Down Payment Assistance (DPA) program have different guidelines. The main program in Delaware has been the DSHA Advantage 4 Grant program which provides a grant of up to 4% of the mortgage loan amount. Programs can change and/or be discontinued to it is important to check with a mortgage lender to make sure which programs are currently available.
Are You Eligible for Delaware Down Payment Grants?
Although every grant and assistance program vary, here are some general qualifications that you may be expected to meet:
You must be a first-time buyer purchasing a primary residence for most programs.
Income limits apply for most programs
There is usually a maximum home sales price, which depends on local housing costs.
You will likely have to attend a homebuyer HUD approved counseling program. These courses help educate future homeowners about managing their financial responsibilities. For list of Delaware home buyer seminars click here: http://www.DelawareHomeBuyerSeminars.com
Most times, the home must be located within certain geographic boundaries.
Delaware First-time Home Buyer Definition
What constitutes as a first-time home buyer in Delaware? There are a couple of exceptions in Delaware that you might not have thought about. A Delaware F
DSHA Preferred Plus Down Payment Assistance Program
DSHA Preferred Plus Down Payment Assistance Program is a new Delaware down payment assistance program to replace the current DSHA SMAL Loan Program and the DSHA Advantage 4 Grant Program effective May 1, 2018. The Preferred Plus program provides Delaware home buyers with down payment assistance loans for 2% to 5% of the first mortgage loan. The down payment assistance can be used toward the required down payment and/or closing costs. Call 302-703-0727 for more information or to apply for the Preferred Plus Program. You can also apply online at DSHA Preferred Plus Program Application
What are the guidelines for the DSHA Preferred Plus Down Payment Assistance Program?
The new DSHA Delaware Down Payment Assistance program will be a soft second mortgage with the following terms:
Minimum 620 FICO score to be eligible for the program
Must be under the total household income limit for the county
Must be purchasing a home for $417,000 or less
Can receive from 2% up to %5 of the first mortgage loan for down payment assistance
Must receive an approve/eligible response from the automated underwriting system
Will sign a Note and Mortgage for Soft Second mortgage at closing
Must attend 8 hours of HUD approved home buyer counseling if credit score is less than 660
Must use one of DSHA’s first mortgage programs through an approved DSHA Mortgage Lender such as Primary Residential Mortgage
Must provide three years of Federal Tax Returns for each working household member to DSHA to prove have not owned a home and are under the income limits for the program.
*First lien interest rates maybe higher when using a DPA second.
What are the eligible property types for the DSHA Preferred Plus Program?Keep Reading...
New Castle County ReVaMP Down Payment Program launches October 26, 2016 and is a 5 year forgivable loan of up to $5,000 for the purchase of a vacant home in designated census tracts in New Castle County Delaware. ReVaMP abbreviation for Remediating Vacancies, Making rogress Down Payment and Settlement Assistance Program. The Delaware down payment assistance program is to be used for normal and customary settlement costs and required down payment. Call 302-703-0727 for more information or to apply for the loan with New Castle County Approved Lender Partner the John Thomas Team with Primary Residential Mortgage or APPLY ONLINE
NCC ReVaMP Down Payment Program Guidelines:
The New Castle County ReVaMP Down Payment Assistance Program is a second mortgage loan that is secured against the property at 0% interest but is forgiven after 5 years if property is still your primary residence. The program is only for home buyers that are purchasing a property that has been vacant for at least 90 days and will be their primary residence. You DO NOT have to be a first time home buyer to participate in the program. In order to qualify home buyers must be below the household income restrictions for the program which is less than 120% of the Median household income for New Castle County per household size as shown in the chart below:
For each person in excess of eight, 8.00 percent for the four-person base should be added to the eight person income household income limits. All household income limits should be rounded to the nearest $50
The maximum selling price of the home in order to be eligible for the NCC ReVaMP program is $379,500. Each borrower must have at least $500 minimum cash investment into the purchase of the home. The maximum household debt to income ratio (DTI) in order to qualify for the down payment program is 52%. Borrowers are required to complete 8 hours of HUD approved home buyer counseling from New Castle County approved agency.
The NCC ReVAMP program requires a home inspection to be done by an ASHI, NAHI or InterNACHI certified home inspector. If the property was built prior to 1978 a visual lead inspection is required. No repairs will be required by New Castle County if found on either report. The property must be located in a designated census tract for the ReVaMP program. If the property requires repairs to be done to qualify for a mortgage loan borrowers may use a FHA 203k Rehab Loan to purchase the property and borrower the money to fix up the property all in one loan.
Highlights of NCC Remediating Vacancies, Making Progress Down Payment Program:
$5,000 forgivable Loan after 5 years
$5000 minimum cash investment from borrower
8 Hours of Home Buyer Counseling
Do NOT have to be Delaware first time home buyer
Must have Home Inspection Done & Lead Inspection if prior to 1978
New Castle County DPS Down Payment Assistance Program 2022 is a Delaware down payment assistance program for First Time Home Buyers to help with down payment and/or closing costs. The program will lend Delaware first time home buyers up to $10,000 that is recorded as a second mortgage loan against the property being purchased. The New Castle County DPS Program loan is an 15-year loan at 0% interest but payments are deferred for the first two years. In order to qualify for the program, you must use a Delaware approved mortgage company. Call 302-703-0727 to apply for the program or to get more information or APPLY ONLINE. Keep Reading...
DSHA First Time Home Buyer Mortgage Bond Loan Update for April 17, 2012 – DSHA sent out a notice today and stated the following:
2011 Federal Tax Returns Now Required
Effective today April 17, 2012, any application submitted to DSHA must include 2011 Federal Tax Returns. We cannot accept an application for an extension, we must have the return. For the First Time Homebuyer Program, you must now submit returns for the years: 2011, 2010 and 2009.
This means that if you have not filed then you are NOT ELIGIBLE To participate in the State of Delaware First Time Home Buyer Program thru the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA), this includes the down payment assistance program called the SMAL.
If you are buying in New Castle County then you have other options for first time home buyer programs through New Castle County. New Castle County has the following programs: