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Down Payment Programs 101: The 3 Most Common Homebuyer Programs Explained

Down Payment Programs 101: The 3 Most Common Homebuyer Programs Explained

How do you go from dreaming of owning a home to holding your first set of keys? If you’re like most first-time buyers, the down payment is your biggest hurdle — but it may not need to be. There are more than 2,500 homebuyer programs available across the country. Let’s take a look at how […]

3 People You Need on Your Home Buying Team

3 People You Need on Your Home Buying Team

When it comes to home buying, you don’t have to go it alone. You need a team to succeed. Here are three key people you want on your side. Homeownership advisor A nonprofit homeownership advisor can serve as a home buying coach, helping you understand the best plan for your individual situation. They can guide […]

This Agent’s Advice to Every Homebuyer

This Agent’s Advice to Every Homebuyer

When Florida Realtor Jordan Feria was getting her real estate license she discovered a little known homebuyer hack. Now she’s sharing it with every first-time homebuyer — and her business is growing as a result. As a young mom and aspiring homebuyer herself, Jordan knew first hand the challenges of new homebuyers. It can be […]

A Bigger Down Payment or a Cushion in the Bank?

A Bigger Down Payment or a Cushion in the Bank?

Buying a home is likely the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. There’s a reason why people joke they feel “house poor” when they leave the closing table. Too often the burden of the down payment leaves homebuyers’ cash reserves empty. And, new data shows that can be a recipe for financial stress. A […]

How Much Do You Really Know About Down Payments?

How Much Do You Really Know About Down Payments?

Homebuyer surveys report there’s a big gap between perception and reality when it comes to down payments. And considering that saving for a down payment the number one challenge for new buyers, it’s probably time to brush up on your facts. In fact, a new Fannie Mae consumer survey found little has changed in consumer […]

Moving Up From Your Starter Home: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Moving Up From Your Starter Home: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Could a down payment program give you the boost you need to move up to your next home? It’s true. In fact, our latest Homeownership Program Index found an increase in the share of programs without a first-time homebuyer requirement. This means more homeownership programs can serve repeat and move-up buyers. And keep in mind […]

More Buyers Use Down Payment Help

More Buyers Use Down Payment Help

Industry data shows use of down payment assistance doubled in four years Homeownership Program Index Reports Program Funding Down Nearly 3% While Down Payment Assistance Use Increases  Atlanta, GA, July 25, 2019 – Atlanta-based Down Payment Resource, the nationwide database for homebuyer programs, today released its First and Second Quarter 2019 Homeownership Program Index (HPI). […]

How This Reporter’s Research Led to Homeownership

How This Reporter’s Research Led to Homeownership

When Zirconia Alleyne, editor of the Kentucky New Era, began working a news story about the Kentucky Housing Corporation’s $10,000 down-payment assistance program she didn’t know it would help her reach her own homeownership goal. Now she’s a homeowner before 30. She recently shared her story in a column. Her message to other aspiring homebuyers? Research […]

Bigger is Better When it Comes to Down Payments, Right?

Bigger is Better When it Comes to Down Payments, Right?

By Liz Keuler, Editor – Readynest by MGIC It seems like a no-brainer, but the answer is actually, “Sort of – it depends.” I know, that’s not the quick answer you’re looking for. A bigger down payment usually means more equity in the house right from the get-go, along with a smaller monthly mortgage payment. […]

FHA Loans and Down Payment Assistance

FHA Loans and Down Payment Assistance

Here’s a question we get from many new homebuyers: Do you have to use an FHA loan with down payment assistance? The answer is no — there are different types of mortgages available depending on your situation. Each down payment assistance program has a list of “eligible first mortgages” that can be used with the […]


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