Down Payment Assistant
(For first time homebuyers)
- Louisville Metro (Information Center)
- Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC)
- Home Ownership Assistance Program: Kentucky
- Louisville Urban League
- Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Funds (LAHTF)
- US Bank – American Dream Program
- First Financial Bank – Dream Builder
- Right at Home – Stock Yards Mortgage (KY)
- Florida – Down Payment Resource
- Hillsborough County (1)
- Hillsborough County (2)
- Homeownership Assistance Program: Florida
- Bank of America – Programs
- Tampa – Housing Programs
- Suncoast Housing Connections
- City of St. Petersburg Purchase Assistance Program
- Miami First Time Homebuyer Program
- Affordable Homeownership Program
Mortgage Unique Products
- ITIN (Non-Preferred Lenders) (First National Bank of America) (States: Nationwide)
- ITIN (Non-Preferred Lenders) (ACC Mortgage) (States: FL)
- ITIN (Non-Preferred Lenders) (Acra Loan) (States: KY and FL)
- Mortgage After Bankruptcy or Foreclosure (Non-Preferred Lenders) (First National Bank of America) (States: Nationwide)
- 500 Credit Score (Non-Preferred Lenders) (Carrington Mortgage Servicing) (States: KY and FL)
- 580 Credit (FHA Lenders) (Northstar Financing) (States: FL)
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Steps to Buying a Home
1. Find an Agent
Your real estate professional will help you through the beginning steps and get you in contact with one of their preferred lenders to help you get started. They will help navigate you through this complex process.
2. Get Pre-Approved
Before scheduling showings, it is crucial that you fully understand what you can afford based on the lenders opinion.
3. Start Your Home Search
Narrow down your home search and we will start schedule visits to the houses that you like.
4. Make an Offer
The negotiation with the sellers starts here. After you find “the house”, we will present an offer to the sellers, and they will;
Keep in mind that there are two parties to the deal and the seller is nervous and full emotions. Offers can go back and forth a hand full of time and in some cases, both parties may not come together no matter how close the initial offer is to the sale price. It is important that you keep a level head and be all ears to the advice given to you by your Realtor®.
- Accepted Offer
Congratulations! You have an accepted offer. The next step to buying a house is you will need to write a check for the earnest money to be placed in an escrow account.
Note: t’s important for you to understand the proper timelines and contingencies that you are putting into the contract.
5. Home Inspection
It is highly recommended that you be present during the home inspection and ask as many questions as you need. During the inspection period, we get to re-negotiate the finding per the inspection.
6. Appraisal Ordered
After the home inspection contingency is completed, your lender will order the appraisal. The appraiser main objective is to verify that the home appraises for at least the value of the sale of the home or the amount of the mortgage that is being carried on the property.
7. Choose Your Homeowners Insurance
Start shopping around for homeowners’ insurance. We recommend to our clients to call around to at least two or three different insurance companies to find the one that fits your needs the best at the best possible rate.
8. Set Up Utilities
Once you have an exact date of closing, you might want to contact the utility companies for the utilities to be turned on. This includes but not limited to electric, water, internet, TV, home security system, etc.
(check our “UTILITY list (route them to it by just a click) for their contact info)
9. Final Walk-through
After underwritings is completed and you receive the clear to close you can schedule a closing date. Usually, you will set up the final walk-through the day before or the morning of closing.
Closing cost for a buyer in Kentucky are typically between 2% to 5% of the price of the home and 3% to 6% in Florida. These fees could be paid by seller if negotiated in the contract.
11. After Closing
Be sure that you keep a set checklist to do the routine maintenance on your home every year. It can become very overwhelming if you put these tasks off and let them pile up.