HOME+PLUS

First Steps and Program Information

HOME+PLUS

First Steps and Program Information

Home Plus New Home Owners

HOME+PLUS
First Step

HOME PLUS does not require a direct application from the home buyer. Selecting your lender is the first step in the process; your lender will be your point of contact throughout the mortgage process.  They will work with you to obtain a program qualifying mortgage and register you for HOME PLUS assistance. If you want to determine if you qualify for HOME PLUS assistance and the new underlying first mortgage, you’ll need to meet with an approved, participating lender.
It is advised that you read through the HOME PLUS information below, the Home Buyer Resources page, and the Frequently Asked Questions page, prior to contacting a lender. This will allow you to better understand the HOME PLUS program and determine any questions you may have. 
Search for a participating lender near you… CLICK HERE
Home Plus Product Chart 091720a - can change without notice
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(1) varies by County

(2) currently available in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima Counties

(3) FHA loans with credit scores under 660 and all loans with a DTI over 45% have addition program requirements

– Click here to view this data in PDF  (this is a pdf file. Best method to view table on mobile devices)


(a) Minimum Credit Score:
If you credit score falls below the minimum program requirements you are not currently eligible for the HOME PLUS program. However, many of our pre-purchase home buyer counseling agencies and mortgage lenders provide credit repair service, so you may want to reach out to them if you cannot currently qualify for the new underlying first mortgage. click here to read more and find credit resources

(b) Maximum Borrower’s Income: The HOME PLUS income limit is based on the borrower’s pre-tax, gross income calculated by the lenders and used for the approval of the new underlying first mortgage. If your income is close to the program limit OR you want to determine your qualifying income for the mortgage, you’ll need to meet with an approved, participating lender to determine what your final income figures will be. Find a lender here

(c) Maximum Debt-to-Income Ratio: the standard definition is: Your debt-to-income ratio is all your monthly debt payments divided by your gross monthly income. This number is one way lenders measure your ability to manage the payments you make every month to repay the money you have borrowed. There are variables to this and we suggest you speak with your lender to determine your actual DTI ratio. 

(d) Maximum Loan-to-Value: The difference between the purchase price of your new home and the loan-to-value is the required down payment.  This figure does not include closing costs.  Your Realtor or mortgage lender can provide great detail based on your specific situation.

How The Program Works

The HOME PLUS home buyer down payment assistance program is self-funded from funds raised in the national capital markets and income generated from our program operation. As such, the HOME PLUS program is continually funded without a sunset date.  Operating as a true public / private partnership, we can create a pathway to homeownership through the use of down payment / closing costs assistance WITHOUT the use of taxpayer funds.

Interest Rates

The interest rates for the respective underlying mortgages are set by the AZIDA (Arizona Industrial Development Authority) and can be slightly higher than the interest rate, should a buyer use their own funds for the down payment and closing costs.  Furthermore, there is a different interest rate for each down payment assistance option. 
As you and your lender discuss your situation, these different DPA options, combined with the different loan-to-value structures and the mortgage insurance premiums, should be reviewed. 
Fannie and Freddie products offers minimum mortgage insurance coverage that is lower than mortgage insurance coverage outside of the DPA program, which offsets most of the interest rate differential.  Your lender should be able to provide you the interest rate and PITI payment (including mortgage insurance) comparisons between the HOME PLUS program and a standard mortgage in which you provide the down payment and closing costs.  You can then determine your best course of action.

DPA Assistance Terms

The DPA assistance under the HOME PLUS program is provided in the form of a second mortgage with either of the following two terms:
1. Three-year, no interest, no payment, deferred soft second mortgage, forgiven monthly at a rate of 1/36 over the term of the lien. The DPA second mortgage is fully forgiven after the 36th month (3-years). The homeowner can choose to refinance or sell their HOME PLUS first mortgage at any time, however, if a refinance or sale occurs in the first 36 months, the DPA 2nd lien would need to be paid (note amount less the number of forgiven months from closing date).
2. A life of loan second mortgage, with no interest, no payments, deferred soft second mortgage with no forgiveness. The DPA second mortgage will need to be paid in full upon refinance or sale of the property.
AzIDA does not subordinate or provide exceptions to the DPA repayment terms. 

HOME+PLUS First Steps

HOME PLUS does not require a direct application from the home buyer. Selecting your lender is the first step in the process; your lender will be your point of contact throughout the mortgage process.  They will work with you to obtain a program qualifying mortgage and register you for HOME PLUS assistance. If you want to determine if you qualify for HOME PLUS assistance and the new underlying first mortgage, you’ll need to meet with an approved, participating lender.
It is advised that you read through the HOME PLUS information below, the Home Buyer Resources page, and the Frequently Asked Questions page, prior to contacting a lender. This will allow you to better understand the HOME PLUS program and determine any questions you may have. 
Search for a participating lender near you, CLICK HERE
HomePlus - Arizona - Home Buyer Down Payment Program
First Mortgage Type Down Payment / Closing Cost Assistance Minimum Credit Score Maximum  Borrower(s) Income Maximum DTI Maximum LTV/CLTV (*)
FHA 3%, 4%, 5% 640 $105,291 50% 96.50%
FHA – manual uw 4% 640 $105,291 50% 96.50%
FHA – life of loan DPA lien (2) 5% 640  (1) 50% 96.50%
FHA – Manufactured Home 3%, 4% 680 $105,291 45% 96.50%
FHA – US Military Only 5% 640 $105,291 50% 96.50%
Freddie  Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMI 0%, 3%, 4%, 5% 640  (1) 50% 97% / 105%
Freddie  Mac HFA Advantage – life of loan DPA lien  (2) 5% 640  (1) 50% 97% / 105%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred  – under 80% AMI  0%, 3%, 4%, 5%  640  (1)  50%  97% / 105%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred  – over 80% AMI 4% 640 $105,291 50% 97% / 105%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred  – life of loan DPA lien  (2) 5% 640  (1) 50% 97% / 105%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred - US Military Only - over 80% AMI 5% 640 105,291 50% 97% / 105%
VA 3% 640 $105,291 45% 100%
USDA - RD 2% 640 $105,291 45% 100%

(1) varies by County (see chart below)

(2) currently available in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima Counties

(3) FHA loans with credit scores under 660 and all loans with a DTI over 45% have addition program requirements

– Click here for data  (this is a pdf file. Best method to view table on mobile devices)

MAXIMUM BORROWER INCOME CHART BY COUNTY IN ARIZONA.

Click here to download / view a pdf versions of the data below. – Updated: 05/01/2020

FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$39,440N/A$109,965$39,440N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$53,040N/A$109,965$53,040N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$60,160N/A$109,965$60,160N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$41,440N/A$109,965$41,440N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$49,920N/A$109,965$49,920N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$51,680N/A$109,965$51,680N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$39,440N/A$109,965$39,440N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965$62,240$62,240$62,240$109,965$62,240$62,240$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$45,560N/A$109,965$45,560N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$42,560N/A$109,965$42,560N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965$54,720$54,720$54,720$109,965$54,720$54,720$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965$62,240$62,240$62,240$109,965$62,240$62,240$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$39,440N/A$109,965$39,440N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$51,680N/A$109,965$51,680N/A$109,965$109,965
FHA – ALL DPA OPTIONSFHA NON-FORGIVABLEFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMIFreddie Mac HFA Advantage – non-forgivableFannie Mae HFA Preferred – over 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – under 80% AMIFannie Mae HFA Preferred – non-forgivableVAUSDA
$109,965N/A$45,200N/A$109,965$45,200N/A$109,965$109,965

 



(a) Minimum Credit Score:
If you credit score falls below the minimum program requirements you are not currently eligible for the HOME PLUS program. However, many of our pre-purchase home buyer counseling agencies and mortgage lenders provide credit repair service, so you may want to reach out to them if you cannot currently qualify for the new underlying first mortgage. click here to read more and find credit resources

(b) Maximum Borrower’s Income: The HOME PLUS income limit is based on the borrower’s pre-tax, gross income calculated by the lenders and used for the approval of the new underlying first mortgage. If your income is close to the program limit OR you want to determine your qualifying income for the mortgage, you’ll need to meet with an approved, participating lender to determine what your final income figures will be. Find a lender here

(c) Maximum Debt-to-Income Ratio: the standard definition is: Your debt-to-income ratio is all your monthly debt payments divided by your gross monthly income. This number is one way lenders measure your ability to manage the payments you make every month to repay the money you have borrowed. There are variables to this and we suggest you speak with your lender to determine your actual DTI ratio. 

(d) Maximum Loan-to-Value: The difference between the purchase price of your new home and the loan-to-value is the required down payment.  This figure does not include closing costs.  Your Realtor or mortgage lender can provide great detail based on your specific situation.

How The Program Works

The HOME PLUS home buyer down payment assistance program is self-funded from funds raised in the national capital markets and income generated from our program operation. As such, the HOME PLUS program is continually funded without a sunset date.  Operating as a true public / private partnership, we can create a pathway to homeownership through the use of down payment / closing costs assistance WITHOUT the use of taxpayer funds.

Interest Rates

The interest rates for the respective underlying mortgages are set by the AZIDA (Arizona Industrial Development Authority) and can be slightly higher than the interest rate, should a buyer use their own funds for the down payment and closing costs.  Furthermore, there is a different interest rate for each down payment assistance option. 
As you and your lender discuss your situation, these different DPA options, combined with the different loan-to-value structures and the mortgage insurance premiums, should be reviewed. 
Fannie and Freddie products offers minimum mortgage insurance coverage that is lower than mortgage insurance coverage outside of the DPA program, which offsets most of the interest rate differential.  Your lender should be able to provide you the interest rate and PITI payment (including mortgage insurance) comparisons between the HOME PLUS program and a standard mortgage in which you provide the down payment and closing costs.  You can then determine your best course of action.

DPA Assistance Terms

The DPA assistance under the HOME PLUS program is provided in the form of a second mortgage with either of the following two terms:
1. Three-year, no interest, no payment, deferred soft second mortgage, forgiven monthly at a rate of 1/36 over the term of the lien. The DPA second mortgage is fully forgiven after the 36th month (3-years). The homeowner can choose to refinance or sell their HOME PLUS first mortgage at any time, however, if a refinance or sale occurs in the first 36 months, the DPA 2nd lien would need to be paid (note amount less the number of forgiven months from closing date).
2. A life of loan second mortgage, with no interest, no payments, deferred soft second mortgage with no forgiveness. The DPA second mortgage will need to be paid in full upon refinance or sale of the property.
AzIDA does not subordinate or provide exceptions to the DPA repayment terms. 

HOME+PLUS First Step

HOME PLUS does not require a direct application from the home buyer. Selecting your lender is the first step in the process; your lender will be your point of contact throughout the mortgage process.  They will work with you to obtain a program qualifying mortgage and register you for HOME PLUS assistance. If you want to determine if you qualify for HOME PLUS assistance and the new underlying first mortgage, you’ll need to meet with an approved, participating lender.
It is advised that you read through the HOME PLUS information below, the Home Buyer Resources page, and the Frequently Asked Questions page, prior to contacting a lender. This will allow you to better understand the HOME PLUS program and determine any questions you may have. 
Search for a participating lender near you, CLICK HERE
First Mortgage Type Down Payment / Closing Cost Assistance Minimum Credit Score Maximum  Borrower(s) Income Maximum DTI Maximum LTV/CLTV (*)
FHA 3%, 4%, 5% 640 $105,291 50% 96.50%
FHA – manual uw 4% 640 $105,291 50% 96.50%
FHA – life of loan DPA lien (2) 5% 640  (1) 50% 96.50%
FHA – Manufactured Home 3%, 4% 680 $105,291 45% 96.50%
FHA – US Military Only 5% 640 $105,291 50% 96.50%
Freddie  Mac HFA Advantage – under 80% AMI 0%, 3%, 4%, 5% 640  (1) 50% 97% / 105%
Freddie  Mac HFA Advantage – life of loan DPA lien  (2) 5% 640  (1) 50% 97% / 105%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred  – under 80% AMI  0%, 3%, 4%, 5%  640  (1)  50%  97% / 105%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred  – over 80% AMI 4% 640 $105,291 50% 97% / 105%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred  – life of loan DPA lien  (2) 5% 640  (1) 50% 97% / 105%
Fannie Mae HFA Preferred - US Military Only - over 80% AMI 5% 640 105,291 50% 97% / 105%
VA 3% 640 $105,291 45% 100%
USDA - RD 2% 640 $105,291 45% 100%

(1) varies by County

(2) currently available in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima Counties

(3) FHA loans with credit scores under 660 and all loans with a DTI over 45% have addition program requirements

– Click here to view this data in PDF  (this is a pdf file. Best method to view table on mobile devices)

How The Program Works

The HOME PLUS home buyer down payment assistance program is self-funded from funds raised in the national capital markets and income generated from our program operation. As such, the HOME PLUS program is continually funded without a sunset date.  Operating as a true public / private partnership, we can create a pathway to homeownership through the use of down payment / closing costs assistance WITHOUT the use of taxpayer funds.

Interest Rates

The interest rates for the respective underlying mortgages are set by the AZIDA (Arizona Industrial Development Authority) and can be slightly higher than the interest rate, should a buyer use their own funds for the down payment and closing costs.  Furthermore, there is a different interest rate for each down payment assistance option. 
As you and your lender discuss your situation, these different DPA options, combined with the different loan-to-value structures and the mortgage insurance premiums, should be reviewed. 
Fannie and Freddie products offers minimum mortgage insurance coverage that is lower than mortgage insurance coverage outside of the DPA program, which offsets most of the interest rate differential.  Your lender should be able to provide you the interest rate and PITI payment (including mortgage insurance) comparisons between the HOME PLUS program and a standard mortgage in which you provide the down payment and closing costs.  You can then determine your best course of action.

 

DPA Assistance Terms

The DPA assistance under the HOME PLUS program is provided in the form of a second mortgage with either of the following two terms:
1. Three-year, no interest, no payment, deferred soft second mortgage, forgiven monthly at a rate of 1/36 over the term of the lien. The DPA second mortgage is fully forgiven after the 36th month (3-years). The homeowner can choose to refinance or sell their HOME PLUS first mortgage at any time, however, if a refinance or sale occurs in the first 36 months, the DPA 2nd lien would need to be paid (note amount less the number of forgiven months from closing date).
2. A life of loan second mortgage, with no interest, no payments, deferred soft second mortgage with no forgiveness. The DPA second mortgage will need to be paid in full upon refinance or sale of the property.
AzIDA does not subordinate or provide exceptions to the DPA repayment terms.
Home Plus New Home Owners

Home Buyer Resources

To help you better prepare for buying your new home, HOME+PLUS has put together a list of resources and information from local, state, and national organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of questions and answers to help you better understand the HOME+PLUS home buyer down payment assistance program.