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Do you Know About Florida Housing Down Payment Assistance Programs?

I was in Charlotte visiting the Movement Mortgage headquarters, so FoodiePhil has officially gone national with the food reviews! I had a great time bonding with my team and meeting new people at the Movement headquarters. We headed to Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte, specializing in all things barbecue!

We started things off with Miguel’s Queso and added the homemade chorizo. It was delicious, it could have come out a little hotter, but the flavor was terrific. Next up was the bacon-wrapped jalapenos, and I’ve got to say, these were just amazing, especially when dipped in the Midwood vinegar sauce. Since there were a few of us here, we had to get the ‘Pig Out,’ four types of meat, and we went with the Carolina chopped pork, double beef brisket, and the chicken barbecue. We wanted to try the pork ribs, but they are a popular item that sold out when we put our order in. But the food was just so delicious, and they have plenty of different sauces to make anyone happy. I would give Midwood a 7.7. I plan on making many trips to Charlotte in the foreseeable future and will be sure to visit Midwood Smokehouse when I’m back!

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This week’s newsletter will discuss down payment assistance programs through Florida Housing. We previously highlighted the Hometown Heroes program, which has done wonders for first-time homebuyers. This week, we will focus on other programs that feature down payment assistance through Florida Housing.

  1. FL First Conventional TBA Program
  2. FL Plus Conventional TBA Program
  3. FL Assist

1. FL First Conventional TBA Program

The FL First Conventional TBA Program through Florida Housing is an excellent option for first-time homebuyers who do not have the funds for the down payment and closing costs. Borrowers are eligible for up to $10,000 in down payment assistance but must meet specific guidelines to qualify. Borrowers can put down as little as a 3% down payment and have a FICO of 640 and up for the 30-year fixed loan. If your credit score falls between 640 – 679, you have a maximum debt-to-income ratio of 45%. If the credit score is 680 and up, the debt-to-income ratio jumps to 50, which can play a significant role in getting the loan cleared to close. Please note that depending on the county, income and loan limits exist.


2. FL Plus Conventional TBA Program

The FL Plus Conventional TBA Program is similar to the program mentioned above but has a few differences. This program comes with a forgivable second loan and offers 3%, 4%, or 5% of the total loan amount for down payment assistance. This program also offers reduced-cost mortgage insurance for borrowers if the area median income is at or below 80%. You will not receive charter-level mortgage insurance if you are above the 80% area median income. This is an excellent option for those who qualify to get forgivable assistance.


3. FL Assist

The Florida Assist program offers up to $10,000 in down payment assistance for FHA, VA, USDA, and Conventional Loans! This comes with a 0%, non-amortizing, deferred second mortgage. Unfortunately, this program is not forgivable, but the positive news is that the repayment period is deferred unless the home is sold, transferred, the first mortgage is satisfied, refinances the property, or the borrower does not occupy the property within a specific timeframe, the second loan will be due in full. This is a 30-year term, and each program follows the general requirements of each program. For instance, with the FHA option, you can put down as little as 3.5% and a conventional as little as 3%.

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Florida housing is a great way to get into a home by utilizing the down payment assistance! Florida Housing offers first-time homebuyers more options for down payment assistance than most states do. This is a great option for those that do not have enough for the down payment, or those who simply don’t want to break the bank when purchasing a home.

Interested in learning about becoming a resident in Florida or moving there? Read more.


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