Home Buyer Programs

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.

Loans w/ Down Payment Assistance:
  • Credit scores as low as 620
  • No max DTI w/AUS approval
  • Low fees
  • Third Party Originators allowed
  • FHA manual underwrites allowed up to 43% DTI with no additional fee (640 minimum FICO score required)
  • FHA non-traditional credit allowed with no additional fee
  • Income limits vary by county. Expanded income and purchase price limits available in targeted areas.
Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCC):
  • A special tax credit that reduces a home buyer's federal income tax liability every year
  • Helps the home buyer qualify by reducing the DTI
  • No minimum credit score or maximum DTI requirements
  • May be used with any fixed-rate loan product or combined with TSAHC's Down Payment Assistance. 
  • FREE for those Texas Heroes also using TSAHC's Down Payment Assistance. *Some exclusions apply.
  • Income limits vary by county. Expanded income and purchase price limits available in targeted areas.
  • Exclusively for first-time home buyers

Today's Interest Rates:

Unless otherwise stated, the interest rates listed below apply to both the Homes for Texas Heroes and Home Sweet Texas Home Loan Programs.

Assistance Type Min FICO Score DPA Amount
Grant 3% DPA 4% DPA 5% DPA 6% DPA
FHA/VA/USDA** (Non-Bond) 620* 4.625% 5.125% N/A N/A
Texas Hero BOND (1st time buyers)/FHA/VA/USDA** 620* N/A 4.550% N/A N/A
HFA Preferred PLUS*** (Non-Bond) 640 4.875% 5.250% 5.500% N/A
HFA Preferred Conv. (Non-Bond) 640 5.500% 5.875% N/A N/A
2nd Lien 3% DPA 4% DPA 5% DPA 6% DPA
HFA Preferred PLUS*** (Non-Bond) 680 4.250% 4.500% 4.625% 4.750%
HFA Preferred Conv. (Non-Bond) 680 4.875% 5.000% 5.125% 5.375%

* Origination fee of .50% charged on 620-639 FICO government loans (FHA, VA, USDA)

** USDA Interest Rate Cap: DPA options available with USDA loans are limited to those that meet the daily interest rate cap set by USDA. Lenders are responsible for ensuring that TSAHC’s interest rates do not exceed this rate cap.

*** To be eligible for the HFA Preferred PLUS conventional interest rate, borrowers must meet additional income requirements. Learn more here.

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