Hello, First-time Home-shoppers, Parents of First-Time Home-shoppers, and Friends of People Who Don’t Have a Lot of Money to Spend!
On Friday, I met with a lender for Guild Mortgage, Joani Wilson, and she gave me the run-down of Austin-specific programs and area loan types that benefit people who are figuring out how to buy a home in the hot Central Texas market.
A USDA loan (United States Department of Agriculture) has income requirements on the borrower, as well as property location requirements. This is a loan oriented toward middle-income borrowers. USDA loans are meant to keep rural areas developed and thriving, so that is why there is a property location requirement. The maps on the USDA website linked above will be your first stop to see if a property qualifies for this type of loan. 100% financing is available and the seller is allowed to contribute up to 6% of the amount of the loan toward closing costs, so a buyer could make the purchase with virtually no money up front.
There are also various down-payment assistance programs in the area, so it is possible to get into a home using various FHA (Federal Housing Administration), VA (Veteran’s Administration) , and even conventional loans coupled with the DPA program.
Hill Country Home Down Payment Assistance Program for any area in Travis County
From the website:
- Per FHA guidelines, all homebuyers qualifying for down payment assistance with credit score of 660 or higher will receive 4% of the original loan amount to be used for down payment and closing costs, which includes lender compensation of a 1.5% origination fee.
- Per FHA guidelines, all homebuyers qualifying for down payment assistance with credit score ranging between 640 and 659 will receive 5% of the original loan amount to be used for down payment and closing costs, which includes lender compensation of a 1.5% origination fee.
- The origination fee can be paid by the borrower or the seller.
- This assistance is a gift/grant and does not require repayment at any time.
Southeast Texas Housing Finance Corporation (known as “SETH”)
Right now, from the website:
Current Rate / Offerings Lock Rate FICO DPA Effective Date GOVERNMENT Option 1– FHA 5.50% 660 w/6% 3/9 Option 2a– FHA 5.00% 660 w/5% 12/15 Option 2b– FHA 640 or 660 w/Manual UnderWriting 640 or 660 w/4% Option 2c– FHA w/Manual UW 640-659 w/3% Option 3– FHA 4.875% 660 w/4% 4/10 Option 4a– FHA 4.50% 660 w/3% 4/10 Option 4b– USDA-RD, VA 640 CONVENTIONAL-FREDDIE MAC Option 5– HFA Advantage 5.125% 640 w/4% 3/22
I enjoyed visiting with Joani because she is so enthusiastic about her job, and she obviously enjoys figuring out how to get people into homes.