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Louisiana Housing Corporation offers a number of opportunities for low and moderate income Louisiana families to realize their dreams of owning a home through its First-Time Homebuyer Program.

The program offers a variety of 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages, some at below market interest rates to potential homebuyers. LHC’s current 2012A Program offers a four-tiered interest rate structure:

HOME/MRB Program:
The HOME/MRB Program provides assistance to first-time homebuyers whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the median income (adjusted for family size) in the parish in which the property being purchased is located. The interest rate for the HOME/MRB Program is2.45% for a 30-year FHA, RD or VA loan. Assistance Payments equal to 4.5% to 9.0% of the Mortgage Loan Amount will be paid at closing to cover part of the down payment, closing costs and prepaid items. The amount of the grant will vary with the size of the loan. Loans will be reviewed to assure that the amount of closing costs is reasonable and customary. Only single family (1–unit), vacant or seller occupied properties will be eligible for the HOME/MRB Program.

MRB Assisted Program:
The MRB Assisted Program loan is also available to homebuyers whose annual income does not exceed 115% of the median income – adjusted for family size – in the parish in which the property being purchased is located. If the property is in a Targeted Area (Qualified Census Tract), the annual income may go up to 140% of the median income – depending on family size along with the increased Targeted Acquisition Limit. The borrower’s investment will be regulated by the particular type of loan being made – FHA , RD or VA. Assistance payments equal to 3.50% of the Mortgage Loan Amount will be paid at closing to cover part of the down payment, closing costs, and prepaid items. The interest rate for the MRB Assisted Program is 3.49% with a 30-year term. One (1) to four (4) family owner-occupied dwellings will be eligible under this program.

Unassisted Program:
This program offers an interest rate which is typically lower than market rate and does not provide for down-payment assistance. The current fixed rate is 2.99% and it is available to homebuyers whose annual income does not exceed 115% of the median income except for Targeted Areas (Qualified Census Tracts) where the income can be higher (up to 140% of the median income – adjusted for family size).

Targeted Unassisted Program:
The Targeted Unassisted Program offers a lower than market rate of 1.99% and does not provide any assistance for down-payment. Applicants must be first-time homebuyers and properties must be one (1) or two (2) family homes located in the following designated parishes: Acadia, Bienville, Calcasieu, Cameron, Claiborne, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Iberia, Jefferson, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Plaquemines, St. Landry, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Vermilion and Washington. Income limits vary depending on the parish.

Eligibility
2012A Bond Issue allows for the following:

Visit the website to view 2012A Income and Acquisition Limits. • Exhibit F(1) Standard MRB Maximum Permissible Acquisition cost
• Exhibit F(2) HOME/MRB Maximum Permissible Acquisition Cost
• Exhibit F(3) Targeted Unassisted Maximum Permissible Acquisition Cost

• Exhibit G(1) MRB Standard Income Limits
• Exhibit G(2) HOME/MRB Income Limits and
• Exhibit G(3) Targeted Unassisted Income Limits.

The prospective homeowner must also meet income (see Exhibits G) and purchase price limits see (see Exhibit F). Income limits vary with the number of persons in the household and by parish. Purchase price limits vary according to the number of units in the property and if it is located in a targeted or non-targeted area. Also, the homebuyer must use the house as his/her principal place of residence.

If you are interested in owning your home, please contact a participating lender who can provide you with detailed information regarding these programs and guide you through the financing options that are available. Your lender and real estate agent can help you through the process of purchasing your first home and should be able to answer any questions you may have regarding the program.

LOANS ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.