The Chenoa Fund down payment assistance program offers up to 3.5% of the purchase price towards your down payment throughout Arizona. Income limitations are based on Area Median Income and type of down payment assistance. You do not need to be a first-time homebuyer but must meet minimum FICO scores of 620.
Chenoa Fund PROGRAM DETAILS
Chenoa Fund has created this program for individuals or families that need down payment assistance but may lack the higher credit scores that other programs require. The 3.5% down payment assistance is a silent second grant that is combined with a FHA first loan on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. Financing for these loans are available on single family homes ONLY.
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Buyers must have a minimum FICO score of 620 and a maximum debt ratio may go up to what is allowable by standard FHA guidelines.
Standard loan guidelines exist for qualification (i.e.: adequate income, acceptable credit, and down payment requirement.)
All buyers must attend a homebuyer education course, obtain a certificate of completion, and receive a home inspection. Homebuyers may find a list of HUD approved Housing Counseling agencies who offer the Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education course on the HUD.gov website.
You cannot own another home to qualify for this program (but do not need to be a first time homebuyer).
Homebuyers may purchase a home in any city throughout Arizona.
Buyers must occupy the home as their principal residence within 60 days of closing.
The program may only be used to purchase a home (i.e.: no refinancing).
INCOME LIMITS FOR ELIGIBLE BORROWER
Maximum credit qualifying income may not exceed 115% of Area Median Income for a silent second mortgage that is forgivable after 36 months. If 115% of AMI is exceeded then the second will have repayment terms.
PURCHASE PRICE LIMIT
Maximum purchase price limit of $280,880.
DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE
All homebuyers qualifying for down payment assistance will receive 3.5% of the original loan amount to be used for down payment.
THIS ASSISTANCE IS A SECOND MORTGAGE WITH A 0% RATE IF AMI < 115%.
DPA Second Mortgage is a lien against the subject property with the following components: three‐year, deferred loan, 100% forgiven after five years, 0% interest rate, no monthly payment.
THIS ASSISTANCE IS A SECOND MORTGAGE WITH A REPAYABLE AMMORTIZATION IF AMI > 115%. RATE IS BASED ON AMMORTIZATION.