Monday, January 24, 2011

NEO: The Matrices Have Been Updated

The Minnesota Home Ownership Center strives to provide information and resources that will assist Minnesotans begin, and maintain, home ownership. 

In November of 2009 we introduced our "Entry Cost Assistance Matrix" that outlines the down payment programs, closing costs assistance and other funds available to first-time buyers in Minnesota. We've now updated the Matrix for the first quarter of 2011! To view the most recent version of the matrix, click here.

The Matrix is organized geographically, which allows readers to quickly find the area of the state that they are most interested in.

As a quick reminder, funding for down-payment assistance and entry-cost help is FLUID. The information may change. Please contact a program administrator to see if funds are available, and, if not, if there is a waiting list that you or your client can use to access funds in the future.

In addition, the Center has also updated its "Affordable Loan Product matrix".   The Affordable Loan Product Matrix is designed to inform housing counselors and industry professionals of affordable mortgage loans and programs available to their clients.

Home ownership is expensive and first-time buyers should never base their home-buying decision on a down-payment program or access to a specific mortgage. There are MANY other factors when deciding whether home ownership is right for YOU or not. Before purchasing YOUR first home... take a Home Stretch Workshop (pre-purchase education workshop) to learn what's involved, and speak with a non-profit Housing Counselor to see if you might qualify for any down-payment assistance or other first-time buyer programs. For more information, click here.

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