Government Grants For First Time Home Buyers
It is very important for single moms to put a secure roof over their children’s head. This home is where the kids will come to everyday after school so it must be hygiene, secure & livable. For single moms that are breadwinners of the home, it is not particularly easy in this economy where jobs are scarce & housing becomes even more expensive. Also, interest rates for 5 year fixed mortgages are on the rise, which would also add to the costs of buying a home. This article is geared towards single moms who want to buy a home first the first time. Go here if you are interested in renting a government subsidized affordable housing for single moms.
Being a single parent, you must consider homes & choose one carefully that meets your lifestyle & living preferences. A single mom must look for safety, affordability & durability of the new home. Whichever area you choose to live in, whether a busy area close to downtown or in the suburb, you must make sure it is affordable and does not stretch your budget making life stressful. Also, the surrounding area must be safe & secure with good neighbours. If you decide to purchase a home, make sure to get it inspected by a property inspector to make sure it is durable & built to last.
i) Federal Housing Association (FHA) Loans
The Federal Housing Association (FHA) allows single moms to purchase homes with only 3.5% down payment & to obtain a 96.5% mortgage loan. The loan is typically issued by a financial institution such as a bank or credit union & is insured by the Federal Housing Association. The advantages of such loans are:
– Lower down payments
– Lower closing costs
– Easy credit approval
FHA First Time Home Buyers Program does not require a certain credit score to approve mortgage loans for single moms. Nor does it require your rental history. Visit their website below for lots more information. Sample topics they provide are how to buy fixer-upper homes, financial help for seniors above 62 years, how to make your home more energy efficient, etc.
ii) AmeriDream Inc. – Down Payment Assistance for Home Buyers
AmeriDream Inc. is a charitable organization that allows qualified low to moderate income single mothers to purchase homes at affordable prices, improve their lives & raise a family. The AmeriDream Down Payment Assistance program allows single moms to purchase homes by giving them the required down payment. This grant does NOT have to be repaid to AmeriDream and is considered a ‘financial gift.’ According to the company’s website, AmeriDream has helped over 250,000 families become home owners.
AmeriDream provides various other services such as Home Retention Program that allows people who are going through hardship in life such as loss of job, divorce, or serious family illness to retain their homes by providing foreclosure prevention counseling. AmeriDream also offers the Homebuyer Education Program that allows single moms to make good decisions when purchasing their home. Tutoring is available in English & Spanish and in physical classrooms & via interactive online classes.
AmeriDream Building Affordable Homes is another initiative by the organization that is developing 106 affordable homes in Southeast Washington, DC. Known as the Woodson Heights, the initiative will cost $30 million and is meant to provide a safe reliable neighbourhood for hundreds of eligible single moms.