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Who can qualify for a Home$tart Grant?
The Home$tart Program is available to qualifying homebuyers earning up to 80% of the median income for their area based on Iowa HUD Income Limits which are adjusted based on household size.
Home$tart recipients must also:
How much grant money may I receive through Home$tart?
Home$tart participants may receive up to $7,500 in grant funds.** You must have a signed purchase agreement to apply for the Home$tart Grant.
Are there any restrictions on the type of home I may purchase?
Home$tart grants may be used to purchase single-family homes, and must be used for your primary residence. There are no neighborhood restrictions (i.e., type or location). If you qualify for mortgage financing from FSB and are income eligible, you will likely be able to receive a Home$tart grant.
Are there restrictions on how the grant may be used?
Yes, Home$tart grants may only be used for down payment and closing costs. The grant may not be used to pay for moving costs or to pay bills.
What happens if I sell my house?
If your home is purchased with Home$tart assistance, it is subject to a five-year deed restriction requiring that you repay a portion of the grant if you sell your home within five years. The amount that you would be required to repay is prorated based on the length of time you own the home, and the funds will be deducted from your sale proceeds. However, if you live in the home for at least five years, the grant is 100% forgiven and you never have to repay it.
*Must be 18 years or older. All accounts subject to credit approval.
The City of Cedar Rapids’ First-Time Homebuyer (FTHB) Program provides a $1,000—$5,000 forgivable loan to eligible households to assist with down payment costs. To be eligible, participants must meet four main requirements:
Income maximums, based on household size, are shown in this chart. Additionally, asset amounts and debt to income calculations must be acceptable. Households must meet maximum housing and debt to income ratios of 31% and 43% respectively.
There are several requirements regarding assets (checking, savings, etc.).
Maximum: Assets may not exceed $25,000 in non-retirement funds.
Minimum: Applicants must have at least $1,000 in assets at pre-qualification.
Down Payment: In addition to the asset minimum of $1,000, participants are required to contribute their own down payment, which must be available in assets. The minimum down payment varies based upon the total non-retirement assets:
The purchase price of homes may not exceed $135,000 for a single-family dwelling. Additional program guidelines apply. More information can be found at www.CityofCR.com/FTHB.