Funds are available for homebuyers through the Welcome Home Program. These funds may be used by any home buyers who qualify under income levels based on family size.
Below you will find a brief summary of the Welcome Home Program. For more details, you can go to www.fhlbcin.com
Welcome Home Program
Welcome Home funds may be used to fund down payments and closing costs when you purchase your home. You must occupy the home as your primary residence and have income that falls within the low and moderate income levels.
Lenders participating in the Welcome Home Program will have funds available beginning May 1, 2009.
Funds may be used only to assist households whose incomes are at or below 80% of the income limits adopted by the appropriate state housing finance agency (and are adjusted for family size).
Homebuyers must contribute at least $500 of their own funds toward down payment and closing costs (60% of these funds may be received as a gift). This requirement is waived if the homebuyer is disabled (additional documentation may be required).
First-time homebuyers must complete a homebuyer counseling program. The counseling program must cover the following:
- Mortgage financing
- Household budgeting
- Home maintenance
Counseling is not required of other home buyers.
The loan will be forgiven over five years, at a rate of $1,000 a year. In other words, a home owner who used Welcome Home funds to purchase a home and received a $5,000 grant must occupy the home for no less than five years in order to have the entire amount of the grant forgiven. Selling the home in less than five years may require the home owner to pay back a portion of this grant.
Contact your lender to see if they participate in the Welcome Home program.
For more information, go to: www.fhlbcin.com