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As some of you know the Down Payment Assistance programs offered by FHA were on the verge of being shut down. Something like 30% of all FHA government loans were done with downpayment assistance programs. The two most popular non-for-profit’s, Nehemia and Ameridream, were in question of whether or not they actually were non-for-profits and if they deserved to stay afloat.

Well i’ll just copy and paste the email I recieved the other day…

August 1, 2008 Last night, Congress introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 6694 <https://www.ameridream.org/Documents/Congress/HR6694.pdf>  that would reauthorize and reform charitable downpayment assistance. This bill would remedy a harmful provision in the new housing law which limits homeownership opportunities for low and middle-income Americans. The legislation, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Al Green (D-TX), Gary Miller (R-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Christopher Shays (R-CT) reauthorizes and reforms charitable downpayment assistance funded in part by sellers, which has helped over one million families and individuals become homeowners since 1999. The program was eliminated by legislation signed by President Bush on July 30, 2008. The Green-Miller-Waters-Shays plan would re-authorize and reform non-profit downpayment assistance and secure it as an allowable source for FHA borrowers. The bill seeks to ensure that providers of the downpayment assistance operate in a transparent manner to guard against conflicts of interest. The bill also includes language to ensure that FHA maintains its financial stability by permanently authorizing the Secretary to assess higher premiums to higher risk borrowers. It is important that you contact your elected officials in Congress and tell them that you support downpayment assistance and urge them to support H. R. 6694. To reach your elected officials, please call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121. To learn how you can support it, visit http://www.supporthomeownership.com <http://takeaction.supporthomeownership.com/ahaa/issues/alert/?alertid=11521436> . AmeriDream continues to be your trusted advisor, bringing timely and accurate information when you need it most. Thank you for your continued support and confidence.  

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As most of you know from previous posts, FHA loans (loans that are insured by the government), only requires 3% money down on the purchase of a new home. Most of you might be saying WOW THATS FANTASTIC, others, not so much. Still, it is exciting in the mortgage industry because there are non-profit organizations such as Nehemia and Ameridream that gift up to 6-10% of the purchase price to cover things like closing costs, the FANTASTIC 3% down payment, and if there is still money to be gifted it could be used for repairs.

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There is a new term out there that many of you probably don’t know about, and its called EEM – Energy Efficient Mortgage. Thats whats next on the blog.. check back for more.

Some of you will notice the two new links on the left hand side of this page. These are links to government sponsored programs. Both are very similar in that they both are involved with down payment assistance. With these two programs you can buy a house with no money down. So when you hear everyone say NO MONEY DOWN, this is what they’re talking about.

How does it work?

Being that they are non-profit organizations they basically take a check written by the seller, the organizations then process that check and write a new check as a “gift” or “grant” for the down payment which the seller is returned in the end.

There were some problems with this earlier on in the year between the government and them regarding whether or not they really are a non for profit organization.

Either way they are still providing homes with no money down through FHA backed mortgages. Being FHA experts in this field if you are looking to buy a home for no money down it most definitely is possible!!