Do you dream of owning a home? Think you cannot afford it? Since 1980, AHFA's versatile, affordable programs have helped more than 70,000 families purchase a home.
We offer options that fit the needs of many buyers.
The Step Up program is available to homebuyers who earn less than $97,300 and meet standards for creditworthiness. The program offers a competitive 30-year fixed interest rate and a down payment assistance option.
In addition to the down payment assistance currently offered through Step Up, the HFA Advantage product provides eligible borrowers a grant to help with closing costs. Borrowers with qualifying income at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) limits (as published by Freddie Mac) are eligible for an Affordable Income Subsidy (AIS) grant in the amount of $2,500. Borrowers with qualifying income between 50.01% - 80% of AMI limits are eligible for a grant of $,1500.
A Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) reduces the amount of federal income tax homebuyers must pay, which in turn frees up income to qualify for a mortgage. Borrowers can claim a tax credit up to 50 percent of the mortgage interest paid per yer, capped at $2,000 annually. It is a dollar-for-dollar reduction against a borrower's federal tax liability. To receive immediate savings from the MCC, the borrower must file a revised W-4 withholding form with their employer, which should reduce the yearly tax contribution and increase the borrower's take-home pay. Borrowers can also choose to realize the savings once a year through the federal income tax return to be filed.