This low down payment product-Fannie Mae's Community Home Buyer's Program-enables borrowers to use a greater amount of their monthly income toward housing costs compared to other standard mortgage products. It is part of a suite of Community Lending mortgage products and options designed to help low- and moderate-income borrowers overcome the two primary barriers to homeownership: lack of funds for the down payment and insufficient income to qualify.
This is a fixed-rate mortgage, with terms between 15 years and 30 years. It is ideal for the potential low- and moderate-income home buyer who has enough income to handle monthly mortgage payments, but is having difficulty accumulating cash for the down payment.
Down payment of 5 percent.
30-year, 20-year, and 15-year repayment periods (fixed-rate mortgages only; no ARMs allowed).
Up to 38 percent of borrower's monthly income can be used for housing costs and other debts, such as credit cards or student loans, and up to 33 percent of borrower's gross monthly income can be used for housing costs (principal, interest, taxes, and insurance).
To qualify for this loan, you must earn no more than 100 percent of the area median income for your Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or county. However, exceptions to the area median income limit are available in specified high-cost areas:
120% of AMI in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA MSA
120% of AMI in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSA
135% of AMI in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH MSA
165% of AMI in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA MSA
165% of AMI in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties (New York)
140% in the State of California
170% in the State of Hawaii
The maximum income limit is removed if this mortgage is combined with the Fannie Neighbors® mortgage option for eligible properties located in HUD-designated underserved areas.
Does not require that you have cash reserves after closing.
You must attend a home buyer education session offered or approved by your lender. This requirement can be waived if borrowers meet all three of the following conditions: (1) they have previously owned a home; (2) they make at least a 5 percent cash down payment from their own resources (not a gift, loan, or grant); and (3) they have at least two months' mortgage payments in reserve after closing.
Can be used to buy one-family, principal residences, including condos and properties located in a planned unit development.
Can be used with Fannie Mae's Community Seconds® and FannieNeighbors options.