The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has announced that they are releasing two new programs, that help with the assistance of a first-time home owners down payment!!
The two new programs are the Mortgage Advantage Program (up to $7,000) and the 90-Day Payment Assistance Program (up to $6,000).
There are several differences between the two, but the biggest similarity is that these are 0% interest loans if repaid during the time limit of 120 days for the Mortgage Advantage Program and 90 days with the 90-Day Payment Assistance Program. Yes, 0%!!
Here is a great chart that gives you more specifics to compare them side by side.
Another thing is that if you can't or don't want to pay back these "loans" within the time frames allotted, each program allows a slow payback option. The Mortgage Advantage Program allows you a repayment of 2 years at 10%. Yes, 10%. They have to make money to go back into the program somehow. The 90-Day Payment Assistance Program allows you a repayment of 5 years at 7%.
As you noticed, neither program allows the full $8,000 that you might be entitled to. This still allows you to have a little extra cash in your pocket after closing for some new appliances, furniture, or just to stash away for a rainy day.
Remember, you only have until December 1, 2009 to take advantage of this Tax Credit and these programs, so if you're on the fence, there are 8000 reasons why you should jump!!!
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