VHDA Loans Allow Financing of Down Payment

Down Payment Assistance in VirginiaThe Virginia Housing Development Authority has extended its Homebuyer Tax Credit Plus program to match the deadlines of the Federal First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit.

VHDA’s program lets borrowers use a second mortgage to finance up to 5% of the sales price (enough to cover FHA’s 3.5% down payment requirement) by using the $8000 first time home buyer tax credit–effectively allowing borrowers to “monetize” the credit.  The second mortgage helps cover the down payment and closing costs, with zero interest and no payments for the first 12 months. Borrowers then have the option of paying it down within the first 12 months, using their $8000 credit to pay it off, or paying it off over 29 years.

There are restrictions on the program, of course.  Purchase price is limited to $408,100, and gross household income for two or fewer persons cannot exceed $86,900 for the Washington, DC, MSA, including Northern Virginia.

The deadline for the program matches the newly extended deadlines for the tax credit, so buyers must be under contract by April 30 and settled by June 30, 2010.

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Learn More: Sign up for our free first-time home buyer class at Arlington Central Library on Jan 26 at 7:00 pm (registration required) Details and registration information can be found here.

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