A Home Of Your Own
"Pathway to Purchase" Offers $10,000 Down Payment and Closing Costs for First Time Home Buyers in Prince George's County
On January 9, the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) launched "Pathway to Purchase." The program offers first-time home buyers up to $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance.
Home buyers can purchase a home anywhere in Prince George's County. Eligible residential properties include: new construction, resale, short sales and foreclosures.
Pathway to Purchase is a 0% interest loan program that must be paid back when the home is sold, transferred or ceases to be the primary residence of the buyer(s). However, the loan repayment has a 10% decrease per year and after 10 years, it is forgiven and the lien is released.
"We are excited about this new opportunity," said Eric C. Brown, Director of the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development. "We have dedicated $750,000 for this program to help people get on the path to home ownership."
The maximum purchase price of homes utilizing Pathway to Purchase assistance was $313,000 through February 28. As of March 1, 2017 that changed to $307,000. There are four loan programs accepted with Pathway to Purchase. Accepted loan programs are: FHA, Maryland Mortgage Program, VA and Conventional Loans. All home buyers using Pathway to Purchase must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection as part of the application process.
The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County will administer the program. "Home buyers must work with an approved mortgage lender to submit an application. We are eager to continue our progress in helping families begin their pursuit of the American Dream," said Howard Ways, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority.
The Prince George’s County Association of Realtor’s 2017 awards event is on March 29 at Martin’s Crosswinds. “We have a number of REALTORS who have sold over $10 million in properties during 2016,” says Patricia Dowtin, president of PGCAR.