Funds Reallocated in Downpayment Assistance Program

The downpayment assistance program, which we participate in, the Home in Five Program (only for Maricopa county) had been running out of funds recently. Actually to be more precise funds for non targeted areas had been running out, there was always plenty of money for targeted and priority areas. Late last week the program announced that it would be reallocating funds to non-targeted areas. For those not familiar with the distinction, let me clarify the definitions:

Down Payment Assistance ProgramNon-targeted areas: All areas outside of the targeted and priority areas within Maricopa county. There are income limits determined by household size and loan size limits based on the property type. The main rule is that you need to be a first time home buyer in order to purchase a home in this area (using the funds from the Home in Five program).

Targeted Areas: This encompasses areas designated in Maricopa county by the program and is determined by census track numbers. The income limit and purchase size limit is higher than for non-targeted areas. Additionally purchasing in this area entitles you to a better interest rate. You do not need to be a first time home buyer to take advantage of the down payment assistance if you are purchasing in this area.

Priority Areas: These are areas within the targeted areas which are being given additional preference. Hence, the income and loan size limits are even higher and the interest rates are even better than for targeted areas.

The process of determining whether or not a property is in a targeted or priority area is in fact rather cumbersome. Contact me or Aimee with an address and we can look it up for you. Just a reminder, the funds are disbursed on a first come first serve basis and the program makes no guarantees on availability.

Further reading on the Home in Five Downpayment Assistance Program is available here.

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