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.
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.
Q: Is an older home a better value than a new one?
A: There isn't a definitive answer to this question. You should look at each home for its individual characteristics. Generally, older homes may be in more established neighborhoods, offer more ambiance, and have lower property tax rates. People who buy older homes, however, shouldn't mind maintaining their home and making some repairs. Newer homes tend to use more modern architecture and systems, are usually easier to maintain, and may be more energy-efficient. People who buy new homes often don't want to worry initially about upkeep and repairs.