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Homewonership Programs Not Just for First-timers

First-time homebuyers are a target audience for many homeownership programs, but don't overlook the number of programs available for repeat buyers. In fact, our Homeownership Program Index found that 37 percent of programs have no first-time homebuyer requirement. Moreover, down payment programs use HUD's definition of a first-time homebuyer—someone who has not owned a home in three years. That opens up opportunities for buyers who have rebuilt their credit and rented recently.

A great example of one of these programs is the Illinois Housing Development Authority's (IHDA) new @HomeIllinois@HomeIllinois program that offers $5,000 in down payment help for credit worthy borrowers. It's available to first-time homebuyers, repeat buyers and homeowners looking to refinance. Available statewide, the program also offers competitive interest rates, lender paid mortgage insurance and tax savings. Eligibility is based on income, with annual income limits of up to $94,500 for households of two or less and $108,675 for households of three or more.

dpr programs not 1sttimers

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