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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Home downpayment assistance available
The Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) has announced it is offering $15,000 in down payment assistance to Great Choice-eligible homebuyers who purchase a home in targeted neighborhoods that were hard hit by the economic downturn and have been slower to recover. The assistance is being offered through the Hardest Hit Fund Down Payment Assistance (HHF-DPA) program. Properties in 55 communities in 30 counties, including zip code 37813 in Hamblen County and zip code 37821 in Cocke County, are eligible for the down payment assistance. By stimulating home sales in these areas, the program is designed to protect the families already living in there from blight, falling property values, and risk of foreclosure. “Our goal is to provide a shot in the arm to the neighborhoods and housing markets in Tennessee where the effects of the housing crisis have been most difficult to erase,” said Perrey. Eligible borrowers who purchase homes in targeted ZIP Codes using THDA’s Great Choice Home Loan program can apply for $15,000 in HHF-DPA assistance toward their down payment and closing costs in the form of a forgivable second mortgage loan. “We’re creating a substantial incentive for homeowners to buy in areas that are struggling for sales right now. Increased market activity in these areas will help stabilize property values for existing homeowners, thereby reducing the risk they will fall into delinquency or foreclosure,” said Perrey. Homebuyers will make no monthly payments on the second mortgage loan during its 10 year term, and it does not accrue any interest. In addition, THDA will forgive 20 percent of the second mortgage loan each year starting in year six. Therefore, if a homeowner does not refinance, sell or move out of their home by the end of the tenth year, the second mortgage loan would be completely forgiven. “This program represents a significant increase in the dollar value of the down payment assistance we’re able to offer in these ZIP Codes. As buyers jump on that offer, it’s going to push property values in the right direction for the entire neighborhood. We want this program to boost to the financial security of every family in the area, not just the ones moving in,” said Perrey. THDA received approval from the U.S. Department of Treasury to commit $60 million in federal funding to its new HHF Down Payment Assistance Program. The source of this funding is U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF). “I want to thank Treasury for allowing us to target the areas in Tennessee that are in need of stabilization. The HHF dollars will continue to be utilized where they can be most effective,” said Perrey. THDA’s $15,000 HHF Down Payment Assistance program is available in targeted ZIP Codes based on a number of “stress” factors, including foreclosures, short sales, and negative equity rates.

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