Affordable Advantage is here!

The Zero Down Loan is Back for Minnesota First Time Home Buyers!

Tough to save money in this day and age, isn’t it?  Now, try to buy a house, save money and deal with life.  Goodness, we've had many people plan weddings and start new jobs – that must be a saving nightmare.

Save no more … well, at least for the down payment! 

MN Housing has introduced the Affordable Advantage program.  This is a great alternative to the very popular FHA loan.  Currently, FHA is the main loan people are using in conjunction with their first time programs so all they need is 3.5% down.  You can do conventional financing with 3% down, but the monthly mortgage insurance is quite high.

Enough talking about zero down, just give us the facts Ma’am!

• No down payment
• No  monthly mortgage insurance
• Credit score of 680 or higher
• Seller can pay up to 3% of the sale price toward your closing costs
• $83900 is the max household income for 1-4 people
• Single family home, townhome or condo
• You need to be a first time buyer and attend the Homestretch class
• You will need $1000 of your own money into the deal, no gifts for this

Being able to do conventional financing could open quite a few more options in your house hunt.  There are many sellers, banks especially, that don’t allow FHA financing.  They don’t want to do any FHA work orders.  Keep in mind, conventional financing does not guarantee you won’t have work orders, but you have a better chance.

how me the numbers you say!  Look at the difference below in out-of-pocket expenses and payment.


As you can see, you will save on the payment, mostly due to the lack of mortgage insurance.  Let’s just say this could be your opportunity to be a Minnesota first time home buyer in 2010. 

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