AmeriDream is designed to provide downpayment assistance to low and moderate income homebuyers who demonstrate the need for financial assistance.
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FHA Downpayment Grants for Homebuyers

AmeriDream is a non-profit organization which helps low and moderate income families to buy homes with a free down payment assistance gift. Those who meet the income requirements and qualify for an FHA loan are eligible to apply for AmeriDream. This program offers assistance for up to 10% (typically 3%-6%) of the purchase price.

To participate in the AmeriDream down payment assistance program, buyers should;

  • Get pre-approved for an FHA mortgage and start looking for a home.
  • Make an offer and get a contract.
  • Ask your loan officer to apply for AmeriDream in your name.

Once your application is approved you will receive a notice from AmeriDream and you can proceed to closing. The seller must participate in the AmeriDream program and pay a fee. Your loan officer may be able to help a seller sign up for the program (by showing where to apply).

AmeriDream is intended for low-to moderate income families, but there are many down payment assistance programs with no income requirements, asset limits or credit checks. If your income disqualifies you from AmeriDream, explore other options with non-profit agencies that allow higher incomes or with more lenient requirements.

Additional Information:

Elimination of Non-profit Down Payment Assistance
On July 30, 2008, President Bush signed H.R. 3221 - Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Section 2113 of the bill prohibits seller-funded DPA (Down Payment Assistance) for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. Prior to this bill, the seller could contribute up to 6% to the buyer to cover either a down payment or closing costs on an FHA loan. The changes became effective October 1, 2008.
Since this program is no longer available, we recommend that you get pre-approved for a low down payment FHA home loan.

FHA LOAN QUESTION # 3   [ -more FHA questions- ]

Q: When do adjustable rate mortgages (ARMS) make sense?

A: An ARM may make sense If you are confident that your income will increase steadily over the years or if you anticipate a move in the near future and aren't concerned about potential increases in interest rates.

First time home buyers purchasing a home with an FHA loan or going through a HUD-approved charitable agency can use their 2009 First Time Homebuyer's Tax Credit to make their downpayment. Down payment assistance programs allowed the seller and charitable organizations to contribute towards the closing costs and down payment of FHA loans.

FHALoan is a private corporation, is not a government agency, and does not make loans.