Good Credit Rewards Program
Financial Assistance for Homebuyers in Idaho
The Good Credit Rewards program provides qualifying applicants with down payment and closing costs assistance. Applicants receive assistance funds based on need, in the form of a 10-year second mortgage, which works in conjunction with a primary mortgage from Idaho Housing. This second mortgage will be offered at 2 percent above Idaho Housing’s standard interest rates. The 10-year term keeps monthly payments low, so borrowers can easily qualify for the loan amount they need. The maximum loan amount for down payment assistance is 2.5 percent or $8,000, whichever is less.
To be considered eligible for the Good Credit Rewards Program, all applicants must meet certain requirements. Homebuyers financing with the Advantage or Preferred primary mortgage must have a credit score of at least 680, while those with First loan products must have 640 or higher. Applicants are required to contribute at least .5 percent of the purchase price from their own funds. First-time homebuyer income limits apply for FHA loans. Additionally, if both borrowers are first-time homebuyers, one of them must complete the Finally Home!® Homebuyer Education course. This course covers a number of topics, including budgeting, understanding credit, the closing process, and costs associated with home buying.
*Seller-funded down payment programs were eliminated in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, but States and Local government agencies are still permitted to help borrowers finance their homes with second mortgages and grants. These agencies set different requirements that a borrower needs to meet in order to qualify for the grant programs, such as property location, and purchase price and income limits.
Down payment assistance programs and/or grants were researched by the team at FHA.com. Please note that all programs listed on this website may involve a second mortgage with payments that are forgiven, deferred, or subsidized in some manner until resale of the mortgaged property.
FHA.com's compilation is not a complete list, but it can serve as a starting point in your search for the down payment assistance program or grant for your situation. It is up to the consumer to contact these entities and find out the specifics of each program.
Down Payment Grants in Idaho
The Idaho Housing and Finance Association provides down payment and closing cost assistance to homebuyers who demonstrate credit worthiness. This assistance can significantly reduce the amount of cash they’ll need up front to purchase a home.
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