Help is available for home buyers.

You may qualify for a government program to help make your home ownership dreams a reality. Although some federal programs are limited by income, you may be able to receive grants for repairs and renovations.

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There are two programs to consider:

Federal Housing Authority (FHA)

Enables first-time buyers to make a lower down payment

FHA :

  • Backed by the Federal Housing Authority
  • Requires two kinds of mortgage insurance premiums
  • Qualify with a lower credit score

Veterans Affairs (VA)

Offers substantial cost savings and relaxed qualification standards to military home buyers and select spouses

VA :

  • Offers competitive interest rates without the need to pay a mortgage insurance premium
  • No down payment and relaxed credit standards
  • Guaranteed by the Veterans Administration

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