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Downpayment Assistance Programs In The Atlanta Area

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If you are considering purchasing a home or refinancingyou can go to or along with local mortgage lenders in your areato determine what loan will best suit youand your family.  You can compare closing costs, APR's and Par rates to determine what loan will best serve yourand your family's long-term interests.

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What Are The Down payment Assistance Programs That Are Available In The Atlanta Georgia Area?

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.--Quick synopsis--created to assist consumers in select Atlanta area Counties in purchasing their home


Atlanta Development Authority---Quick Synopsis up to 40K in DP Assistance when using participating lenders

Atlanta Development Authority 

Atlanta IDA (Individual Development Account)-Non-profits

United Way Individual Development Account 

IDA's may not always accept applications as there program is based on funding. Plan your home buying well in advance if you plan on using this, or any down payment program as the process may be long and drawn out. 

Builder Programs

Check with the specific Builder (or have your agent do it) to see if they offer down payment assistance on any of their inventory of homes. 

Cobb Housing Authority

Cobb Housing Authority 

Housing Authority of Decatur

Decatur Housing Authority 

Dekalb Housing Program

Dekalb Housing 

HUD (Housing & Urban Development)

HUD offers a variety of home buyer incentives including  Low Down Payment FHA Loans

Invest Atlanta

Down Payment & Other Assistance for those who plan to move into the Atlanta City Limits

Gwinnett County Downpayment Assistance

Gwinnett County Downpayment Assistance 

NehemiaH and others ---NACA---Habitat for Humanity Etc.

NehemiaH Program 

Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) 

Atlanta Habitat For Humanity 

For non-profit programs it is also wise to check with each city and county that you are considering as many non-profits have unaffiliated offices.

Georgia Dream Homeownership Program

Georgia Dream Homeownership Program 

The Georgia Dream Homeownership Program offers Down Payment assistance in the form of grants. There are income limitations that apply. There also are targeted programs for Police, Educators, and Nurses.

The program is administered through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and you must utilize a participating lender in order to qualify. In many cases you can combine the Georgia Dream Down Payment Assistance with that of local and other downpayment programs to really maximize your downpayment assistance.

You also must not have owned a home in the past three years (if married and applying neither spouse could have owned a home in the past three years). Other qualifying criteria may also apply. 

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Even though you plan on purchasing your home using down-payment assistance it is still imperative that you know your credit situation upfront.

You should also have a six month emergency fund in place and/or have other compensating factors at work (i.e. a low housing and debt ratio, other household income that is not included in the formal application, future inheritance/settlement, expected bonus/pay raise not included in calculation of mortgage etc.).

The above down payment assistance links are not exhaustive, however they should give you a relevant starting point if you are considering down payment assistance in the purchase of your Atlanta area home.

Use the above links as a guide onlyas your real estate agent may be able to give you more current and accurate dataas many of the down payment programs change frequently over time.

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Did you know that most lenders use credit scores from the three major credit bureaus (Exquifax, Experian, and TransUnion) when deciding whether or not to approve your mortgage loan.

To receive your credit scores for free or a nominal fee log on to the sites below and make sure you agree to their terms and conditions:

Also realize that the scores you receive from these sites may not be the same as those that will be used by your mortgage company but they should give you a relevant number that you can utilize to help you make a better informed home purchase decision prior to meeting with a loan officer and/or real estate agent. 

MyFICO Credit Score 

CreditKarma (Free Credit Score) (Free Credit Score) 

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The above article was written by Thomas (TJ) Underwood.   Thomas (TJ) Underwood is an active real estate broker in the state of Georgia and is the writer behind The Wealth Increaser, Home Buyer 411,  Home Seller 411, The 3 Step Structured Approach to Managing Your Finances, Managing & Improving Your Credit & Finances for this MILLENNIUM and CREDIT & FINANCE IMPROVEMENT MADE EASY—FREE GUIDE. 

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