According to Jefferson Parish, there is still 5 million dollars set aside for grants to first time home buyers in Jefferson Parish, including Metairie, Kenner, and the Westbank. This program will be release very soon, probably days.  If you are interested in what steps to complete in order to be there with your application, call or email me NOW.  The money will not last, and it is first come first serve.

This is true and obtainable, we have closed several grants in my office since January 1st.

40,000-60,000 Grant as well as possibly getting 10,000 in closing cost assistance. It will be a 1st come 1st serve basis by JP.  It starts next week.

If you receive the grant, the entire amount received is forgiven if you own and occupy the home for at least 5-15 years (depends on how much of a grant you receive).  If you decide to sell before the the timeframe, you simply would give back 1/10 of the value for each year remaining. So it is not really a penalty, you just don’t get to keep the money that was essentially never yours yet.

The grant is basically a “gap” grant.  Another words, if you are approved for 100,000 loan(through a mortgage company) and were eligible for 40,000 in grants from Jefferson Parish, then you could buy a 140k house.  If you only purchased a 100k house because you really liked it, you would not receive any of the grant.  It only covers the gap above your pre approval amount.

The way they calculate your approval amount ,The monthly payment required to service the anticipated primary mortgage may not exceed 30% of the gross monthly household income

Ex. A gross monthly household income of $2,000 per month cannot have a total monthly mortgage payment greater than $600 per month in order to be eligible for participation. ($2,000 X .30 = $600)

You will need a minimum of 1,500.00 of your own funds.

There are 2 home buying classes you will need to attend.  Usually a weekend class, they fill up so we can register you now if interested.

You will need to by a single family home, a double, or a condo.

Home must be under 218,000.00

Must use a lender from their approved list, I can make recommendations.

You Need to be a 1st Time HomeBuyer or not owned a home for 3 years.

Income Limits Must be under the stated value (Before Taxes).

1 person family 51,350

2 person 58,7000

3 person 66,050

4 person 73,350

5 person 79,250.

Let me know if you need larger than 5 person limits.