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The Missouri Housing and Development Commission, or MHDC, has an excellent new program for buyers purchasing foreclosed homes. First-time and repeat buyers will receive funds up to 20% of the foreclosed property’s sales price, with a maximum of $14,999. This amount can be applied to the purchaser’s down payment and closing costs. The money does come in the form of a 2nd mortgage (as opposed to being a grant), but the loan has 0% interest and is forgiven after 5 years of occupancy.
In order for buyers to qualify, the following conditions must be met:
- In St. Louis City and County the total household income must fall at or below limits based on household size. For one person, the limit is $57,000. A family of two can earn up to $65,150 and still qualify. From there, you can add about $8,000 to this limit for each additional member of the household.
- The buyer’s first mortgage must be an MHDC First Place Loan, which is an FHA 30-Year Fixed product at 6.0%. The interest rate is currently above normal FHA loans by about .5%, but the higher rate is almost undoubtedly worth it given the cash incentive.
- The buyer must go through approved homebuyer education.
- The purchase price for the foreclosed property must be discounted by at least 5% from the appraised value.
- The buyer must live in the property as their primary residence.
- If the foreclosed property was rented, it must have been clear of tenants for at least 12 months.
The best thing about this program is that first-time buyers can still take advantage of the $8,000 federal tax credit, for a total maximum benefit of over $22,000 for purchasing a foreclosed property. One thing to keep in mind is that MHDC has a limited pool of resources to fund this benefit – as compelling as it is, I suggest moving quickly!