Negotiate?

There’s no doubt about it – negotiating takes both finesse and confidence. It’s not for everyone, especially those of us who are passive. But when the times comes to purchase a new home and you’re sitting across the table from a home seller, buyers meek and confident alike must be able to hold their own in a negotiation. A skilled realtor can certainly help, depending on what’s on the table. Either way, the cost of backing down too soon could be too much to bear, literally.

  • Closing Costs

Not always negotiable fee-wise, but if the seller can pay them, see that they do. Transferring the cost to the seller will take a hefty up-front expense off of your loan.

  • Points

Buyers can have these point fees transferred to the seller, reducing the cost of the loan. Even when a seller pays these points, the borrower can still deduct them from their taxes.

New FHA Down Payment Program

New FHA Down Payment Program

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The down payment program is a great program if you need funds for down payment for that new home. If you qualify for the program, you will be eligible to receive funds to cover a portion of your required down payment amount. The maximum amount of funds you can receive under the program is 2% of the purchase price of the home being purchased; you will still be required to pay any remaining amount of the required down payment yourself or with a gift from a family member.

  • One program used for all types of borrowers, with the same qualifications
  • Completely forgivable grant, equals 2% of purchase price
  • May be combined with up to 6% seller concession for closing costs
  • No resale or borrower repayment restrictions
  • No underwriting fee

 

For example, if you are purchasing a home with a purchase price of $150,000, the maximum amount of down payment assistance you can receive under the program is 2% of $150,000, or $3,000. If the required down payment amount is $5,250 (3.5% of $150,000), you would still be required to fund $2,250 yourself, or from a gift from a family member.

Income Restrictions:

The Borrower’s income (or, in the event of multiple Borrowers on a loan application, their income collectively) is equal to or less than 140% of the state or county median income regardless of family size based upon the state or county where the Security Property is located.
• Here is a easy link to verify your eligible income: State/County Median Income Tool: https://homeready-eligibility.fanniemae.com/homeready/

 

Homeownership Education Class

• The Borrower must complete homeownership counseling
(Homebuyer education course or Pre-purchase counseling course) offered by an entity of the Borrower’s choice which is approved by HUD/FHA, either online or in person. The cost of the course shall initially be paid by the Borrower (by credit card if they so choose), which the Lender shall credit back towards closing costs (up to $100) at the closing of the loan.