IHFA Forgivable Loan
- Quick Facts
- Pros & Cons
- Occupancy & Property Type
- Income & Purchase Price Limits
- Key Features & Conditions
- Other Limitations
- Mortgage Insurance & Fees
- Special Offers
- Similar Loan Programs
- Related Resources
This loan program is not available in USA
The IHFA Forgivable Loan Down Payment Assistance Program provides a variety of 30-year fixed-rate first mortgage options combined with down payment assistance (DPA) of up to 3% of the purchase price or appraised value, whichever is lower. The assistance can be used for single-family, townhomes, condos and manufactured homes and is forgiven over the course of 10 years.
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IHFA Forgivable Loan
Min. Credit Score
Min. Down Payment
Max Loan Amount
Qualification variables shown here are for 1-Unit Primary Residences, and loan amount ranges vary based on US County. Register Now to see if this loan program is a good fit for you, find your county limits, and find more options for purchasing a home.
Benefit type: Up to 3.00% of 1st Loan Amount
Type: Bond Deferred Payment Program - Forgivable
The Forgivable Loan down payment assistance comes in the form of a 10-year, no interest, no payment, deferred soft second mortgage—forgiven yearly at a rate of 1/10 over the term of the loan. Any unforgiven balance is due upon sale or refinance.
First Mortgage Program Option
This program can be used in tandem with the following first mortgage programs in order to help fulfill down payment requirements, pay closing costs, or provide other benefits. Learn all about how grants, bonds & 2nd mortgages work here.
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Pros & Cons
- Idaho homebuyers can get over the hurdle of saving for a down payment
- Assistance is fully-forgivable after 10 years
- No first time homebuyer requirement for many first mortgage programs
- Unforgiven portion must be repaid if home is sold or refinanced before 10 years
- Subject to income limits
IHFA Forgivable Loans are available in 1 state.
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“The very popular Idaho Housing Forgivable Loan seeks to eliminate eliminate the hurdle of upfront costs; offering a pathway to homeownership by providing the funds needed to move forward."
Occupancy & Property Types
Qualification factors for this program can vary based on how you intend to occupy the property and what type of property you are purchasing. By registering for a free account , you can check program limits for all property and occupancy types.
Available Property Types for Primary Residence
Income & Purchase Price Limits
Your Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI), as well as purchase price and income limits, are important factors when qualifying for a home loan program. By registering for a free account , you can find the exact program limits for this program and others in your area and for your unique scenario.
Purchase Price Limit
Annual Qualifying Income
Qualification variables shown here are for 1-Unit Primary Residences, and loan limit ranges vary based on US County. Amounts may be rounded. Exact amounts can be accessed by registering for a free account.
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- Assistance of between .5% and 3% of price or appraised value is available
- First time and repeat homebuyer options
- Borrowers must contribute at least .5% of their own funds
- Assistance comes in the form of a 10-year, no interest, no payment, deferred soft second mortgage—forgiven yearly at a rate of 1/10 over the term of the loan.
- Buyers must meet program guidelines, complete homebuyer education courses, occupy the property as a primary residence, and not exceed the income limits.
In some circumstances, there are specific requirements you must meet or homebuyer education courses you must attend in order to be eligible for the loan program.
No other program limitations
A Homebuyer Education Class is required for this loan program.
Class Name: Finally Home!® Homebuyer Education Program
Finally Home!® is IHFA's homebuyer education program designed to help potential homebuyers understand the process and make informed decisions. The program covers topics such as home affordability, financing options, and the home-buying process. The course costs $70, with discounts available. There are online and in-person options available. The course is required for at least one borrower.
Mortgage Insurance & Fees
Most mortgage programs require mortgage insurance when you are financing more than 80% of the purchase price or appraised value. Some programs may also have an associated funding fee, paid at the time of closing, or an annual fee. Learn all about the different fees here.
No Mortgage Insurance
This program does not require Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
Type: No Funding Fee
This program does not have a funding fee.
Type: No Annual Fee
This program does not have an annual fee.
Estimated Closing Costs: 2.5% 1.5%
These amounts are just an estimate. Your closing costs include things like loan origination fees, discount points, appraisal fees, title insurance, taxes, deed recording fees, and other charges.
Occasionally, there are special offers that can be added to this mortgage program that provide additional benefits, such as a reduction in your federal taxes (mortgage credit certificates), extra cash for your down payment, and more.
Arizona Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC)
CIC Tucson's Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) is an interest tax credit that is used to reduce your federal income tax responsibility each year. It is specifically for first time homebuyers and veterans and can be paired with most Arizona down payment assistance programs.
Similar Loan Programs
If you think this home loan program may be a good fit for you, you may also want to check out the following programs that share many similarities with the current program.
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Best For: First Time Homebuyers, Zero Down
The Idaho Housing Forgivable Loan and Second Mortgage Combo provides up to 10% down payment and closing cost assistance for your Idaho home purchase.
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