King County Downpayment Assistance
Washington State’s Housing Finance Commission announced today that their House Key Plus ARCH downpayment assistance program has just received limited funding for borrowers purchasing in the Eastside Cities of King County, including areas extending from Bothell through about Issaquah.
This payment deferred program provides up to $30,000 in downpayment funds (depending on qualifications) for households earning 80% or less of the King County area median income. There are property purchase price limits involved and the buyer must still have about 2% of the purchase price (some gift funds can be used) to also contribute to the downpayment. There are also additional requirements relating to the property itself, whether the home is currently tenant occupied, and so on.
Documentation from House Key indicates that this time around funds are loaned at a 4% simple interest, with payment deferred until the time of resale of the property, when the property is refinanced, transferred to another owner, ceases to be the borrower’s primary residence, or at 30 years.
Additional information is available about the King County Downpayment Assistance program or through a Washington State Housing Finance Commission/House Key trained lender. In addition, because there are specific requirements for the home itself, you’ll also want to be sure to work with a House Key trained real estate broker.
From experience, I know that the amount of funds available go fast! If this is a program you feel might be beneficial to you, or if you have questions about the King County Downpayment Assistance program, please don’t hesitate to contact me.