Florida Housing’s First Time Homebuyer (FTHB) Program offers 30-year fixed rate FIRST mortgage loans to first-time homebuyers and qualified veterans in Florida.
This program uses income and purchase price limits to determine eligibility.
Potential borrowers must:
- Complete a Homebuyers Education Class
- Qualify for a Mortgage loan and have a qualifying FICO Score
Florida Housing also offers down payment and closing cost assistance in the form of a second mortgage loan to assist eligible homebuyers with their down payment and closing costs. Down payment assistance is only available when used in conjunction with Florida Housing’s first mortgage loan. Down payment assistance is NOT available as “stand-alone” down payment assistance. It is only available when used in conjunction with one of Florida Housing’s Homebuyer Programs.
The Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program offers eligible first-time homebuyers a nonrefundable Federal income tax credit which can be utilized with a lender’s first mortgage. The MCC reduces an eligible borrower’s Federal income taxes and, in effect, creating additional income for the borrower to use in making mortgage payments or other household expenses. Florida Housing’s Program offers a tax credit amount of up to 50%, based on the loan amount.