FL Bond Program - Up to $7,500 toward Down Payment Assistance
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About the FL Bond Program
1st Mortgage Program
The Florida Bond program allows 1st time home buyers to acquire an FHA, USDA, VA, or Conventional loan that range from 95%-100% LTV (loan-to-value ratio). That means that many 1st time home buyers will be able to secure a low-interest home loan through the FL Bond program with little to no money down.
Here are your down payment options under the FL Bond program:
- USDA – 0% down
- VA – 0% down
- FHA – 3.5% down
- Conventional – 3% or 5% down
Down Payment Assistance
Through the Florida Bond program, 1st time home buyers will qualify for the Florida Assist down payment assistance loan, which provides a $7,500 loan with a 30-year term, 0% interest and $0 payments as long as you occupy and do not refinance the property.
Buyers using the Conventional Bond program have the choice to receive a grant equal to 3% of the sale price of the home and is not required to be paid back after 5 years of living in the home.
For example, a buyer buying a $250,000 home using a Conventional loan under the FL Bond program will receive a $7,500 grant that will be forgiven after 5 years.
FL Bond Program
Two ways to use the assistance:
Includes a $7,500 2nd mortgage with 0% interest & no repayment until the end of the 30-year loan term.
Includes either (1) a $7,500 2nd mortgage or (2) a 3% grant that requires no repayment after 5 years.
Commonly Asked Questions
Who qualifies as a 1st time home buyer? The answer might surprise you...
A FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER IS DEFINED AS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS NOT OWNED AND OCCUPIED A PRIMARY RESIDENCE WITHIN THE PAST THREE YEARS.
How does the Florida Bond Program work?
What are the Income & Property Value limits?
All programs have income limits as of 1/2020.
FLORIDA ASSIST= Loan up to $7500, 0% down, 30 year deferred
FLORIDA HLP= Loan up to $10,000, 3% down, 15 year amortizing
FLORIDA 3% AND 4%, PLUS SECOND MORTGAGE= 0% Interest, 5 year deferred and forgiven at 20% per year
PLUS SECOND (Assistance Amount) remains as 3% or 4% of the purchase price and is automatically calculated.
HOUSING FINANCE AUTHORITY = Loan up to $7500, 0% down, 30 year deferred
Here are the income limits for Seminole County:
1-2 household family member – $69,400
3-4 household family members – $79,810
The property value limit is $283,348 (Non-targeted) and $346,315 in Seminole County.
Interest Rate and income limits for the FL Housing First Time Homebuyer Program The interest rate for the FL Bond Program changes over time. Your lender will be able to confirm the current interest rate once you are pre-approved.