Borrower gets instant 2, 3, 4, or 5% equity in the home (depending on rate and option).
Not a Second Mortgage
Because Communities First is a grant, there is no second mortgage placed on your property.
Communities First - Ohio offers no restrictions on reselling or refinancing home, and no minimum length of occupancy.
Income Limits Based on Individual
Communities First bases its income limits on the individual borrower rather than household income.
Apply through a Participating Lender
Communities First works with dozens of participating lenders throughout the State of Ohio. Participating lenders will be able to walk homebuyers through the process and discuss current interest rates.
Verify Eligibility and Obtain Pre-Approval
Participating lenders will also be able to assist homebuyers in verifying eligibility for Communities First and becoming preapproved. Eligibility for Communities First is based upon a number of factors including the type of property, credit score, and income limits, among others.
Close on Your New Home!
Communities First provides your grant at closing through your participating lender. Once you close, you’re all set to move into your new home – down payment assistance made simple!
To be Eligible, All Borrowers Must:
- Meet standard industry guidelines
- Not exceed maximum income limits
- Have a maximum debt-to-income ratio of 45% (may vary)
- Have a minimum FICO credit score of 640 (Limited availability for FHA loans)
- Occupy the property as their principal residence within 60 days
- Apply through a participating lender
Single Family Residence
Duplex – Owner Occupied
Planned Unit Development
Condo – US Bank Approved
Rental or Vacation Home
Co-op or Investment Home
*if LTV less than or equal to 95%