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Down Payment Assistance Loans - Down Payment Assistance Programs


For many borrowers, particularly first-time buyers, the down payment and cash for closing costs is the greatest obstacle to buying a home. If you are having trouble coming up with the money for your down payment, you may have many options available. There are many local programs that provide down payment grants, as well as down payment assistance loans to give you a forgivable, second loan that may even cover your closing costs.

Do not assume that you must be low-income to qualify! There are many types of programs, and borrowers earning up to 120 percent of the median income of the area may qualify for assistance.

The following are some popular down payment assistance programs. Ask your loan specialist for more information about programs available in your area.


Down Payment Assistance Program

USDA Rural Loans

Many counties qualify for a USDA rural mortgage, which does not require any down payment at all. This is one of the best loan programs in the country, as the minimum credit score is just 640, and you will not need to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). The guarantee fee may be financed and the monthly amount goes to the Rural Development division of USDA, since this is a government backed loan program.

THDA Loans

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) offers a single-family loan product with an optional second mortgage for down payment assistance, and a portion of closing costs, called The Great Choice Loan Program. It provides first-time homebuyers with a low interest rate, and The Great Choice Plus second mortgage option offers the same low rate with a second mortgage at 0 percent interest, which provides funds to be used for down payment.

Federal Home Loan Bank

VA Loans

Veterans Affairs (VA) loans were created to help veterans finance the purchase of their homes with no down payment.  For the purpose of the VA loan program, “veteran” includes active duty service personnel and certain categories of spouses.  

American Dream Down Payment Act

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