Home Plus Down Payment Assistance Program

Dated: October 9 2018

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The social and economic benefits of home ownership are many.  A home creates an asset that provides the ability to create wealth, borrow and achieve self-reliance.  Plus, renters may actually realize monthly savings on buying vs. renting.  Yet with increasing rents, stagnant wages and high levels of student loan debt, it can be VERY difficult for first-time or boomerang homebuyers to save enough money for a down payment. 

The very popular HOME Plus Home Loan Program seeks to eliminate this hurdle, offering a pathway to homeownership by giving creditworthy renters who can qualify for a mortgage, but cannot afford the down payment and or closing costs, the funds to move forward.

Administered by the Arizona Industrial Development Authority, the HOME Plus Home Loan Program provides a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage combined with down payment assistance (DPA) ranging from 0% - 5% depending upon the new underlying first mortgage. The DPA is equal to a percentage of the first mortgage and is proved in the form of a three-year, no interest, no payment, deferred soft second mortgage, forgiven monthly at a rate of 1/36 over the term of the lien.  The DPA can be used toward the down payment, closing costs or a combination of the two.  The DPA is only available in conjunction with a HOME Plus mortgage. 

Program Highlights:

  • Mortgage for the purchase of an Owner occupied, Primary Residences in Arizona.

  • Borrower(s) annual income not to exceed $99,170.

  • Purchase Price limit not to exceed $396,680.

  • One borrower must complete a homebuyer education course before closing.

  • Reduced mortgage insurance premiums on conventional (Fannie/Freddie) mortgages.

  • All borrowers on the mortgage must meet the minimum credit scores reflected below as well as the new underlying first mortgage agency/GSE guidelines.

First Mortgage TypeDown
Closing Cost
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred5%64097%50%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred4%64097%50%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred3%64097%50%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred2%64097%50%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred1%64097%50%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred0%64097%50%
FNMA HFA Preferred-
Manufactured Home
Freddie Mac HFA Advantage5%64097%50%
Freddie Mac HFA Advantage4%64097%50%
Freddie Mac HFA Advantage3%64097%50%
Freddie Mac HFA Advantage2%64097%50%
Freddie Mac HFA Advantage1%64097%50%
Freddie Mac HFA Advantage0%64097%50%
FHA-Manufactured Home5%68096.5%45%
FHA-Manufactured Home4%68096.5%45%
FNMA HFA Preferred -
US Military
FNMA HFA Preferred -
US Military Only
FNMA HFA Preferred -
US Military Only
FNMA HFA Preferred -
US Military Only
FHA - US Military Only6%66096.5%45%
FHA - US Military Only5%66096.5%45%
FHA - US Military Only4%66096.5%45%

First Step:

We do not require a direct application from the homebuyer.  Selecting your lender is the first step in the process; your lender will be your point of contact throughout the mortgage process.  They will work with you to obtain a program qualifying mortgage and register you for HOME Plus assistance. If you want to determine if you qualify for the HOME Plus assistance and the new underlying first mortgage you'll need to meet with an approved, participating lender.

Source:  https://housing.az.gov/finance-authority/home-plus

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Bryan Alvarez

Arizona native, born and raised in Tucson, Bryan grew up in a family with a Real Estate background. His Father retired with more than 30 years in the Real Estate business, and his Mother and 2 older s....

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