Broward County recognizes that many individuals who can afford monthly mortgage payments don't have the required down payment for a home. The Broward County’s Homebuyer Purchase Assistance Program helps potential homebuyers overcome this hurdle by offering down payment assistance.

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Broward County Homebuyer Purchase Assistance Program

Financial Assistance for Homebuyers in Florida

Broward County recognizes that many individuals who can afford monthly mortgage payments don't have the required down payment for a home. The Broward County’s Homebuyer Purchase Assistance Program, used alongside the First Time Home Buyer Program, helps potential homebuyers overcome this hurdle by offering down payment assistance.

Available Assistance
The Homebuyer Purchase Assistance Program provides income-eligible residents of Broward County with down payment assistance funds in the form of a deferred-payment loan. Borrowers receive funds on a first-come, first-served basis. This program works in conjunction with Broward County’s First Time Home Buyer Program, a below market, fixed rate mortgage program.

Eligibility Requirements
In order to receive assistance via the Homebuyer Purchase Assistance Program, all applicants must fall within certain eligibility criteria. The program is only available to first-time homebuyers with an annual household income that falls below 80 percent of the area median income. Borrowers are also required to attend and complete a HUD Counseling seminar prior to submitting an application. In addition to contributing 1 percent of the down payment from their own funds, all borrowers must pay a $750 transaction fee to the Housing Finance Authority of Broward County.

Property Guidelines
Any home being purchased must serve as the borrower’s primary residence and must undergo a comprehensive home inspection. Eligible properties include new or existing single-family residences, condominiums, villas, and townhomes located in Broward County. Mobile homes and cooperatives are not eligible.

*Seller-funded down payment programs were eliminated in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, but States and Local government agencies are still permitted to help borrowers finance their homes with second mortgages and grants. These agencies set different requirements that a borrower needs to meet in order to qualify for the grant programs, such as property location, and purchase price and income limits.

Down Payment Grants in Florida

Broward County recognizes that many individuals who can afford monthly mortgage payments don't have the required down payment for a home. The Broward County’s Homebuyer Purchase Assistance Program helps potential homebuyers overcome this hurdle by offering down payment assistance.

The program provides down payment and closing costs assistance to income-eligible applicants in the form of a zero-interest, deferred second mortgage, with the maximum loan amount being $7,500. This can be used in conjunction with the program’s 4 percent first mortgage exclusively.

The Housing Finance Authority of Hillsborough County offers the Hillsborough First with Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) Down Payment Assistance Program. The program is meant to help first-time homebuyers who do not have enough money saved for hefty down payments and closing costs.

Florida’s Orange County residents can take advantage the Down Payment Assistance Program, which provides funding to income-eligible first-time homebuyers to help them purchase a new or existing home. These funds are to be put toward paying qualified closing costs and the down payment associated with a mortgage transaction.

The City of Palm Bay in Florida established the HOME Down Payment Assistance Program, which is designed to help income-eligible applicants with down payment and closing cost assistance to purchase their first home, and rehabilitation, if needed. 

The State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program in Charlotte County provides income-eligible applicants up to 10 percent of the purchase price (a maximum award of $15,000), in the form of a zero-interest loan.

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