If you’ve been waiting to buy a home in the greater Charlotte area because you don’t have enough down payment money saved, you need to read this:
BB&T bank has brought back their Community Homebuying Incentive Program, or CHIP. Several of my buyers used this program in the last few years; buyers who never thought they’d be able to own a home. Some of my first-time home buyers had good credit and made enough income, but they didn’t have enough saved for a hefty down payment. This program made home buying achievable for them! Keep in mind that this program is for households that earn no more than $66,500.00 annually.
In general, these loans are for 97% or 100% of the sales price, and no private mortgage insurance has to be paid. Below are some particulars that were provided to me by BB&T today. Call me for more information and I will connect you with my favorite BB&T Mortgage Loan Officer:
THE BASIC INFO:
• Maximum loan value is $417,000, buyer can purchase a single family home or condominium
• For a 97% loan (buyer would be putting 3% as a down payment) the income limit is $66,500.00 per household. For a 100% loan (buyer would contribute only $500.00), the income limit is $53,200.00 per household.
•Term of the loan would be a 30-year loan at a fixed interest rate (rates vary)
• For a 100% loan, the buyer’s minimum credit score must be 660. For a 97% loan, there is no minimum credit score.
• Non-traditional credit sources may be utilized, however the accounts must be opened and maintained for at least 12 months. Minimum number of non-traditional credit sources is three, excluding rental verification.
• Estimated monthly housing bill must not exceed 33% of buyer’s total income for the month. The total of ALL monthly expenses (including mortgage, credit cards, car payments, etc) must not exceed 41% of buyer’s total income. If buyer has a credit score of 720 or higher, the total debt-to-income ratio is raised to 45%.
• Student loan payments will not be counted in total debt, as long as payment will be deferred at least 12 months from loan closing.
•No 30-day delinquencies within the past 12 months. All derogatory credit must be explained.
This blog is dated November 19, 2010. I’ve dated it because you never know when these programs will change. There are a few other stipulations that apply and can be explained in greater detail. If you would like more information on this program, call or email me. I will connect you with my favorite BB&T Mortgage Loan Officer in the Charlotte region. http://www.JoycePoole.com
Although BB&T operates in 12 states and Washington DC, I don’t know if this type of loan program extends to all of those places. It does, however, apply in the greater Charlotte region.