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Friendswood, TX 77546
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Down Payment Assistance

Home Mortgage Loan Special Programs

Saving for a down payment is difficult, and many would-be homebuyers have found themselves blocked out of the market because of their lack of savings. Fortunately, Texas is home to several programs that can offset down payment and closing costs and help more Americans achieve their dream of homeownership.

What to Know

There are typically two types of down payment assistance programs: those that offer aid in the form of grants and those that use second liens. Considered gifts, grants do not have to be repaid by the buyer at any point. Second liens must be paid back in full when the home is sold or refinanced. Interest rates on second liens are fixed for 30 years.

In order to be eligible for down payment assistance, you will have to meet certain requirements regarding income, family size, and location.

Heroes and Educators

Homes for Texas Heroes offers an FHA loan to buyers who are public servants or educators. In addition to a fixed interest rate, the program offers down payment and closing cost assistance, up to 5 percent of the mortgage loan amount, in the form of a grant.

To be eligible, you must be a full-time paid:

  • Firefighter
  • Police officer
  • EMS employee
  • Public security officer
  • County jailer
  • Juvenile corrections officer
  • Allied health or nursing faculty member
  • K-12 educator
  • Teacher’s aide
  • School librarian
  • School nurse
  • School counselor

Learn more about the Homes for Texas Heroes program at TSAHC.org.

Current, Previous, and First-Time Homebuyers

There are also several home loan programs that offer competitive interest rates to eligible homebuyers. In addition to a fixed interest rate, these programs offer down payment and closing cost assistance in amounts ranging from 4 to 5 percent of the mortgage loan in the form of either a second lien or a grant. Contact a Premier loan officer to see if you’re eligible for one of these programs.

Mortgage Credit Certificate

A Mortgage Credit Certificate, or MCC, gives eligible homebuyers a tax credit for a portion of their annual mortgage interest. This is capped at $2,000 per year and is available for every year you occupy the home as your principal residence. An MCC could save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.

The program may be right for you if you:

  • Meet certain income and home purchase requirements
  • Have not owned a home as a primary residence in the past three years
  • Meet the qualifying requirements of the mortgage loan
  • Plan to use the home as your principal/primary residence

The MCC is a nonrefundable tax credit, so you must have a tax liability in order to take advantage of it. For more information on special loan and down payment assistance programs, get in touch with a Premier Nationwide Lending loan expert now.

Residential Mortgage Loan Originators

Originally I wanted to be a nurse; after all, isn’t that the dream of most little girls? I really wanted to help people and thought this would be the best way. I was first exposed to the mortgage industry as a clerk – working toward my nursing goal behind the scenes. I rapidly became enamored with how crucial the mortgage service industry is in the lives of people, helping them in a very surreal way – with their finances! Nursing slowly took a backseat as I realized the hands-on learning I was experiencing as a loan clerk could be put to immediate use in the lives of folks who desired to find a safe place for their family to call home.

I have now been a part of the mortgage lending industry for over 23 years. I do not regret my decision one bit. I moved from loan clerk to loan processor very quickly, surpassing all branch volume expectations and was recognized as Top Processing Supervisor.

Being so enthusiastic with lending; I began originating loans and endeavored in my personal production goals. I feel I have a unique passion for people and their desire for security and homeownership. You see for me, it doesn’t stop at simply the client buying a home. I look at the entire family financial picture, analyze their objectives and ensure that this new mortgage payment and all that comes with it will provide peace of mind & confidence for the future. Because in the end, a beautiful home is no fun on a Friday night if all you can do for dinner is eat PB&J while staring at the same television screen!

“It is really all about the client and their family. By removing myself from the equation, I am able to focus on their objectives; not merely for the home itself but for their overall financial goals. This is crucial if I hope to earn trust that deserves loyalty! It is more than just a house; it is their home and family’s very own place of security”.

This is how I developed a truism that I take deeply to heart - “It’s Your Home. It’s My Reputation. I CARE about Both!”

I am honored to say that my efforts & dedication to the right things have paid off. I was rated the top 1% of Mortgage Professionals in the State of Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine four years running – 2011, 12, 13, & now in 2014. I take this tribute seriously and am blessed by the recognition!

I am committed to providing my clients with the highest quality home loans combined with great interest rates and sensible closing costs. No matter where in Texas you desire to call home – be it Clear Lake, League City, Friendswood, Deer Park, Pasadena, Pearland or anywhere in this Great State – I am ready to help ease your concerns and provide you with the honest answers and education you need to make the best decision for your family!


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