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  • Down Payment Assistance Programs in MN for First Time Home Buyers as of Nov 17 2019

    What do first time home buyers programs offer?

    Face it, the biggest hurdle to buying your first home is either poor credit, or the lack of down payment money. Cambria Mortgage partners with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) to provide down payment assistance loans to Minnesota first time home buyers. Down payment assistance programs generally assist you by offering small loans to cover part of your required down payment. So they help with down payment, but can not help if you have bad credit. These programs generally are not free money, gifts, or grants. They are loans that need to be paid back.

    Who is eligible for a Minnesota Housing First Time Home Buyer programs?

    First, understand you need to qualify for the basic underlying loan itself. There are income, and family size requirements. The loan is usually an FHA loan, but can also be standard conventional loans, USDA Rural Housing Loans, or even a VA loan. Most of these programs require a down payment, and all loans have closing costs that need to be paid to buy a home. Adding all this up, can make it hard to save all the needed money to buy a home.

    Basic Down Payment Assistance Criteria:

    • Are a first time homebuyer, meaning you have not owned a home in the past three years? ( Start Up program )
    • Are a move up buyers, which means you HAVE owned a home in the past ( Step Up program )
    • Have filed Federal income tax return copies for the last three years
    • Have a middle credit score of at least 640 for a loan, but requirement can be higher depending on underlaying loan type (FHA, VA, USDA, Conventional)
    • Meet first time home buyer income and house price limits
  • Basic Income and Qualification Limits

    The following requirements apply to household income of all adults with income in the home, not just the applicant, and the maximum house purchase price.

    While we strive to keep these items up to date, income limits and other program requirements do change. Always contact your Cambria Mortgage Loan officer for the most current information.

  • Household Income Limits For First Time Buyer Program

    Area1-2 People 3 Plus Persons
    11 County metro$90400$103900
    Dodge/Omstead Counties$88600$10180
    Rest of State$80400$92400
  • Maximum Purchase Price Limit

    AreaMaximum Price
    11 Country metro $306000
    Rest of State $253800
  • Down Payment Assistance Loans

    Down Payment Assistance loans are available under two different options and vary based on household income, family size, first time home buyer (Start Up Program), or your owned before, or currently own a home (Step Up Program). Contact a Cambria Mortgage Loan Officer at (651) 552-3681, or via Live Chat for assistance in determining your qualifications.

    Minnesota Housing Deferred Payment Assistance Loan

    Under this assistance program, there are no payments due. Loan term equal to first mortgage term with 0% interest, repaid when property is sold, refinanced, or is no longer primary residence. No interest is added. For example if you borrow $8,000, you only pay back $8,000.

    • For first-time home buyers only
    • Can be used for down payment and closing cost assistance
    • 0% interest
    • Deferred Payment Loan – maximum loan amount up to of $8,000
    • Deferred Payment Loan Plus – maximum loan amount up to $10,000 for borrowers who meet additional targeting criteria. Sole head of household with at least one dependent residing in home, household of four or more people, disabled household member, housing only debt ratio higher than 28% of income.
    • Repaid when property is sold, refinanced, or is no longer primary residence
    • Minimum 640 credit score, but requirement can be higher depending on underlying loan type (FHA, VA, USDA, Conventional)
    • Home buyer education required. Attend Home Stretch for in-person training, or Framework for online training.

    You must fall under the following household income limits:

  • Deferred Loan Income Limits

    Household Size Metro Area Dodge/Olmstead Rest of State
    1-2 People $65000$65000$58000
    3 people$73000$73000$65000
    4 people$81000$81000$72000
    5 people$98000$94000$84000
    6 people$94000$94000$84000
    7+$101000$101000$90000
  • Minnesota Housing Monthly Payment Assistance Loan

    This assistance loan has payments due right away in conjunction with your regular mortgage loan. So you will have two loan payments each month. The main mortgage loan, and the assistance loan.

    • Must be used with Start Up, Step Up (with First Mortgage)
    • Can be used for down payment and closing cost assistance
    • Loan amount up to the greater of $15,000 or 5% of the purchase price or loan amount
    • 10-year loans
    • Minimum 640 credit score, but requirement can be higher depending on underlying loan type (FHA, VA, USDA, Conventional)
    • Start Up or Step Up home cost limits
    • 10-year loan term with monthly payments, interest rate equal to first interest mortgage rate
    • Homebuyer education required if using Start Up. Attend Home Stretch for in-person training, or Framework for online training.

    You must fall under the following household income limits:

  • Monthly Payment Assistance Loan Income Limits

    Household SizeMetro areaDodge/OlmsteadRest of State
    1-2 people$90400$88000$80400
    3+ people$103900$101800$92400
  • How to APPLY for your First Time Home Buyer Loan and Down Payment Assistance in MN

    Applying is easy. Simply call our first time home buyer Loan Expert as (651) 552-3681, or APPLY ONLINE 24/7.

    By completing an application, you are not obligating yourself to anything. Rather you are simply giving us all the information needed to determine what programs you qualify for, how much house can you buy, what would the payments look like, and do you qualify for down payment assistance.

    If it all looks good, we can move to the next step, which is basically you submitting all your standard supporting documents, like pay stubs, W2's, bank statement, and Tax returns

    More Information on first time home buyer programs and down payment assistance in MN

    Click the following links for program brochures and more information on:

     

    The 11-county Twin Cities Area is defined as: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington and Wright Counties.

    Cambria Mortgage is a proud partner with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

     Minnesota Housing Agency partner

    While we strive to keep these items up to date, income limits and other program requirements do change. Always contact your Cambria Mortgage Loan officer for the most current information.