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TSAHC offers two types of assistance:
You cannot apply for either type of assistance AFTER you have closed on your home loan. Assistance is only available during the home purchase process.
TSAHC's participating lenders will assist you with the application and qualification process. You will not submit an application directly to TSAHC.
Follow these key steps to qualify:
The next step is to contact a participating lender (use our Find a Lender page), who will assist you with the application and qualification process. You do not need to submit an application directly to TSAHC.
You never have to pay a portion of TSAHC’s down payment assistance grant. It is a gift to you.
If you are a first-time home buyer, you may use both forms of assistance when purchasing your first home.
Additionally, TSAHC’s Homeownership Programs can be combined with other down payment assistance programs offered in the home buyer’s city or county.
TSAHC provides 30-year fixed interest rate mortgage loans, down payment assistance grants, and mortgage credit certificates through the following programs. These programs are offered through a network of approved mortgage lenders.
Both programs are restricted to home buyers earning up to 115% of the Area Median Family Income. Incomes vary by county. Take the eligibility quiz to see if you qualify.
Under the Homes for Texas Heroes Program, the Texas Legislature defines a “Texas Hero” as one of the following:
For detailed definitions, click here. If you do not see your profession listed above, you are not eligible for the “Texas Heroes” program. However, you may qualify for the Home Sweet Texas program and receive the same benefits. Take the Eligibility Quiz to see if you meet the income requirements.
You may use TSAHC’s Homeownership Programs to purchase a home anywhere in Texas. Our programs are not limited to certain areas or to TSAHC-specific homes. You may choose where you would like to live and the home you would like to purchase.
No, you are not required to stay in the home for any period of time. However, if you use TSAHC’s down payment assistance program prior to June 2012 or receive a TSAHC MCC you may be subject to Recapture Tax if you decide to sell your home within 9 years of purchase. Click here to learn more about Recapture Tax.
Yes, home buyers cannot exceed program income limits. Please take the Eligibility Quiz to see if you qualify.
No minimum FICO credit score or maximum debt-to-income (DTI)* requirements. You simply need to meet our income limits and work with an approved lender to use this program.
For DPA or MCC/DPA programs:
Effective April 3, 2017- No maximum debt-to-income (DTI)* requirements will apply to any loan using DPA or MCC/DPA program that receives an automated underwriting approval.
FHA Loans, VA or USDA-RHS Loans
Home buyers must have a minimum FICO score of 620. Please note, home buyers with a FICO score of 620-639 will be charged a .50% origination fee. Manual underwriting is acceptable for FHA loan files with a minimum 640 FICO score and maximum DTI ratio of 43%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred Conventional Loans
Home buyers must have a minimum FICO score of 620. Please note, home buyers with a FICO score of 620-639 will be charged a .25% origination fee.
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*What is DTI?
DTI stands for debt-to-income, also referred to as the back-end debt ratio. It shows how much of your gross monthly income is needed to cover all your debt obligations. Follow these steps to determine your approximate DTI:
Please keep in mind that you must also meet specific underwriting standards. The mortgage lender can help you better understand FICO credit score and maximum back-end debt ratio requirements, as well as any other standards that may apply.
TSAHC created the Steps to Buying a Home resource to help you gain a greater understanding of the home buying process. TSAHC's Down Payment Assistance Calculator can also help you determine your monthly payment with TSAHC’s loan and down payment assistance options.
TSAHC also requires all home buyers using our programs to take an approved home buyer education course before closing on their home. These courses are taught by trained nonprofit housing counselors and will help you determine if buying a home is the right option for you. To find an approved course in your area, visit www.texasfinancialtoolbox.com.
Studies show that home buyers who receive pre-purchase homebuyer education are 33% less likely to fall behind on their mortgages compared to home buyers who don’t take a homebuyer education course. And, not all home buyer education courses are created equal. A quality home buyer education course offered by nonprofit housing organizations, often HUD-approved, or government entities such as a city housing department can help you:
Visit the Texas Financial Toolbox to find a home buyer education course in your area. Enter your city and then hit the search button. A list of home buyer education providers will be listed. Call them directly to learn more about course dates and times. Any course listed on this site will meet the requirement.
Click here to find a lender in your area.
If you are already working with a lender, please call the Homeownership Hotline at (877) 508-4611 to see if that lender’s mortgage company is approved to assist you with TSAHC’s Homeownership Programs.
Lenders may collect other reasonable and customary fees and closing costs, provided all fees are fully disclosed in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.
Using one or both of TSAHC’s Homeownership Programs should not take any longer than the customary time it takes to close a traditional mortgage loan. On average, it takes 30 days from the time a lender reserves funds for a home buyer to the time the home buyer closes on the mortgage loan.
Again, you may purchase a home anywhere in Texas and receive TSAHC’s assistance. However, in the event that you are purchasing a home in a targeted area, you are allowed to have a higher income and purchase price limit under our Homes for Texas Heroes Program. A targeted area is a designated census tract or an area of chronic economic distress. To see if a property is located in a targeted area, click here.
With the DPA or Combo DPA/MCC program you can buy the following property types:
HFA Preferred Conventional Loan-
An entire duplex, triplex, or fourplex (must put down 5% or more and one unit must be owner-occupied)
With the MCC program by itself you can buy the following property types:
Any loan type-
To qualify for assistance, the home you purchase with one of TSAHC’s Homeownership Programs must be or become your primary residence. Vacation, rental and second homes do not qualify under TSAHC’s Homeownership Programs.
Closing costs are fees associated with the cost of obtaining a home loan. These fees include items such as the appraisal, lender origination fees, escrow handling charges, wire transfer fees, discount points, lender's title insurance and prepaid taxes and insurance premiums.
The down payment for a home is applied directly toward lowering your total loan amount. Normally based on a percentage of the total sales price, the amount is typically established early in the loan application process with your lender. While down payment amounts can vary from 3.5 percent for an FHA loan to upward of 20 percent for certain conventional loans.
Private mortgage insurance, or PMI, makes it possible for you to buy a home with a down payment of less than a 20% by protecting the lender against the additional risk associated with low down payment lending. By purchasing mortgage insurance, lenders are comfortable with down payments as low as 3.5% (for FHA-insured loans) or 5% (for conventional loans) of the home's value.
It may be possible to cancel PMI at some point, such as when your loan balance is reduced to a certain amount (below 80% of the property value). Federal legislation requires automatic termination of mortgage insurance for many borrowers when their loan balance has been amortized to 78% of the original property value.
Gifts are an acceptable source for part of the down payment, if the gift giver is related to you, is your co-borrower, or is from a nonprofit or government organization such as TSAHC.
Your lender will lock your interest rate once you have an accepted Offer to Purchase on a home. One your lender locks your loan, you will not be able to renegotiate the interest rate.
An abundance of credit inquiries can sometimes affect your credit scores since they may indicate that your use of credit is increasing. Note that the data used to calculate your credit score does NOT include mortgage or auto loan credit inquiries that are made during the 30 days prior to the score being calculated. In addition, all mortgage inquiries made in any 14-day period are always considered one inquiry. Don't limit mortgage shopping for fear that it will affect your credit score.