Yesterday I was “in class” at the Washington State Housing Finance Commission learning about programs they have to offer Washington home buyers, including down payment assistance programs.
In order to obtain the down payment assistance, you must use a WSHFC first mortgage product, which includes:
- Home Advantage
- House Key Opportunity (limited funds – state bond). UPDATE: As of June 26, 2013 – this program is not being offered by the Commission. Home Advantage is still available.
The first mortgages may be FHA, USDA, VA or conventional mortgages with private mortgage insurance.
The down payment assistance (DPA) is in the form of a second mortgage that have specific criteria home buyers must meet to qualify.
- Home Advantage DPA has an income limit of $97,000 and does not have a “needs assessment”.
- Commissioned Second Mortgage works with the House Key Opportunity and is available to home buyers with special needs.
Home buyers interested in either program must attend a 5 hour class in order to qualify for these programs. While at class yesterday, I also received training to be a “Commission trained instructor”.
Watch for more details to follow soon!