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Down payment assistance programs have expanded and today are offered by state, city, and municipal governments throughout the country.

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Family Home Providers Program

Since President Bush signed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 on July 30, 2008, many federally established down payment assistance programs have been cancelled. The Act prohibits seller-funded Down Payment Assistance for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. The details of this program are presented for reference only.

About the Program

Family Home Providers was a non-profit affordable housing company that offered down payment assistance to families with good work histories and appropriate credit. The terms of the Family Home Providers program stated that those eligible for FHA loans would be able to apply for 3% of the final contract price of the home.

Requirements:

  • The home must have appraised for the sales contract price or higher.
  • Both buyer and seller must have applied for the program.
  • Funds must have been used for the down payment.
  • The seller was required to pay closing costs.

Under the Family Home Providers down payment assistance program, out-of-pocket costs for down payment and closing costs should have been less than $1,000. Loan officers could have provided some advice on lowering this amount if buyers felt that the remaining expenses were too high. Some buyers may have been able to re-arrange the closing terms to help absorb some of the expenses into an FHA loan.

Most down payment assistance programs required the seller to pay a fee. This payment was for services rendered and was not allowed as a tax-deductible charitable contribution.


Down payment assistance and first-time homebuyer programs have expanded and are offered today by state, city, and municipal governments throughout the country. A curated list of down payment assistance programs is available courtesy of FHA.com.

Ask your loan officer for recommendations on down payment assistance programs, or how to make an offer contingent on the use these program.


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