Thursday, April 2, 2009
WHAT IS THE TAX CREDIT LOAN PROGRAM?
In many instances, the biggest barrier facing first-time homebuyers is saving the money for the down payment and closing costs. Because the federal first-time homebuyer credit can only be claimed after the homebuyer purchases the home, the credit cannot be used to cover the down-payment and closing costs associated with the purchase of a home.Because of the need for down payment and closing cost assistance to purchase a home, MFA has created the “Tax Credit Loan Program”. The Tax Credit Loan Program provides a first-time homebuyer with a loan of 8 percent of the sales price or $6,500, whichever is less, to cover the down payment and closing costs associated with purchasing a home. After loan closing, the homebuyer may file for the federal first-time homebuyer tax credit and use the tax refund to pay off the Tax Credit Loan.As long as the homebuyer pays off the Tax Credit Loan prior to June 30, 2010, the homebuyer will not have to pay any interest on the loan. If the borrower chooses not to pay off the Tax Credit Loan by June 30, 2010, the loan will convert to a 30 year, fixed rate second mortgage that requires a modest monthly payment. The Tax Credit Loan Program is paired with a safe, 30 year fixed rate MFA first mortgage loan, which provides long-term, sustainable homeownership. The Tax Credit Loan Program is available statewide to first-time homebuyers who have not owned a home for the past three years. The program is available through a statewide network of Participating Lenders, which are listed on the back of this fact sheet. The Participating Lender will coordinate the loan process and answer any questions you may have regarding the program.