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Clark County, NV - First Time Home Buyer

Learn How to Get a Mortgage to Buy Your First Home in Clark County, NV
Mortgage Program Options - Down Payment Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions

Clark County, NV – First Time Home Buyer Programs

Are you looking to purchase your first home? Our Nevada first time home buyer programs might be the perfect solution to help you obtain the financing you need to purchase the home you desire.  We provide excellent home financing options, and encourage you to compare our offered loan terms to other mortgage lenders.

Clark County, NV – First Time Home Buyer Loans

There are 5 types of first time home buyer loans.  You may select different loan terms, such as a fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgage, and number of years to repay the loan (such as a 30 year fixed rate mortgage).

Types of Mortgages:

  • Conventional Loans – Conventional loans offer the best loan terms to borrowers with good or excellent credit, as well as those who can afford to place a larger down payment.  If you are able to put 20% or more down, you will be able to avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI).  However, conventional loans also offer low down payment options, such as programs that only require 3% down.
  • FHA Loans – FHA loans are a good option for borrowers who may not be able to qualify for a conventional loan.  The qualification requirements for FHA loans are much more lenient than conventional loans.  This includes options for home buyers with credit scores as low as 500 (in order to qualify for a 3.5% down payment, you must have a credit score of at least 580).  The 2019 FHA loan limits for Clark County, are as follows: Single unit: $322,000.  Two units: $412,200.  Three units: $498,250.  Four units: $619,250.
  • USDA Loans – USDA loans provide home buyers the opportunity to purchase a home without any down payment.  These loans are intended for borrowers with low-to-moderate income.  In addition to not requiring any money down, you can also finance the closing costs into the loan.  This means you can essentially buy a home with no money out of pocket!
  • VA Loans – Active duty military members and veterans can apply for a VA loan which allows you to buy your first home without any down payment.  These loans are not available to the general public, but exclusively to military/veterans.
  • Jumbo Loans –  Any loan that does not meet the conforming loan limits is a jumbo loan.  The 2019 conforming loan limits for Clark County are: Single unit: $484,350.  Two units: $620,620.  Three units: $749,650.  Four units: $931,600.  If you want to buy a more expensive home, and have the income to qualify, we provide what are known as jumbo loans up to $2,000,000.

The above 5 types of loans are the main first time home buyer options that exist.  We can help you determine which loan is the right fit for you based on your particular needs and eligibility.

Clark County, NV – Down Payment Assistance Programs 

First time home buyers in Clark County, Nevada may be eligible for down payment assistance.  This includes statewide programs, as well as a program offered exclusively in Clark County.

Clark County Homebuyer Assistance Program

Clark County offers up to $14,999 in down payment assistance.  The assistance is provided as a 5 year, interest free, forgivable loan.  As long as you stay in the home for 5 years, you do not have to pay the loan back.

Program Requirements

  • The home must be located in an unincorporated area of Clark County.
  • Be a first time home buyer (or not have owned a home in the last 3 years).
  • Occupy the property as your primary residence.
  • Complete an 8 hour homebuyer education course.
  • Contribute at least $1,500 towards the down payment from your own funds.
  • The property can be a single family home, townhome, condominium, and manufactured homes (as long as they are permanently affixed the the ground).
  • You must meet the current income and sales price limits.

To learn more about this program, please visit the official Clark County website.

Home is Possible Program

The Nevada Housing Division offers a remarkable down payment assistance grant of up to 5% of the purchase price.  This money does not ever have to be paid back, and can be used for your down payment and/or closing costs.

Program Requirements

  • You must be a first time home buyer (or have not owned any real estate in the last 3 years).
  • The maximum purchase price is $400,000.
  • You must personally occupy the home (primary residences only, no investment properties).
  • The maximum income allowed is $98,500.

You can learn more about the Nevada Home is Possible Program on the Nevada Housing Division website.

Hope Brings You Home Program

First time home buyers in Southern Nevada may qualify for assistance of up to 10% of the purchase price (with a maximum amount of $20,000).  The assistance comes in the form of a second mortgage with 0% interest, no monthly payments, and is forgiven at the end of the a 3 year term (meaning it does not have to be paid back).

Program Requirements

  • The minimum FICO score allowed is 660 for an FHA loan, and 640 for all other types of loans.
  • The maximum purchase price is $400,000.
  • The highest DTI ratio allowed is 45%.
  • You must personally occupy the home (primary residences only, no investment properties).
  • The maximum income allowed is $98,500.

You can learn more about the Hope Brings You Home Program on the official state of Nevada website.

Home at Last Program

The Home at Last Program provides home buyers with the opportunity to receive up to $19,000 in down payment assistance.  This program is intended for rural properties in Nevada, which you can check property eligibility here.

Program Requirements

  • You must have a FICO score of at least 640 to qualify.
  • There are not any purchase price limits.
  • The highest DTI ratio allowed is 50%.
  • You must personally occupy the home (no investment properties are allowed).
  • The maximum income allowed is $135,000 if you use a conventional loan, and $116,000 for FHA, VA, and USDA loans.

You can learn more about Home at Last on the Nevada Rural Housing Authority website.

Nevada First Time Home Buyer Tax Credits

The Mortgage Credit Certification (MCC) tax credit provides you an opportunity to reduce your tax bill, as well as enhance your home loan application by reducing your debt-to-income ratios.  How this works, is you can deduct up to $2,000 off your federal tax bill each year.  The MCC allows up to 30% of your annual interest to be eliminated (with the cap being at $2,000).  Some great news, is this can be used in addition to standard mortgage interest deductions!

Frequently Asked Questions About Buying Your First Home

How much do I need for a down payment?
It depends on the type of loan you want.  USDA and VA loans often will not require any down payment.  FHA loans require a 3.5% down payment.  Conventional loans typically require either 3% or 5%.  If you receive down payment assistance, you may not need any money for your down payment.

What is the maximum loan amount that I can qualify for?
The amount that you will be allowed to borrow will depend mostly on your income, as well as the particular type of loan you are interested in. There are maximum loan limits for each type of mortgage program which are set at the county level. Conforming loan limits are the maximum loan amounts allowed for conventional mortgages.  FHA loans have their own loan limits.  This is not necessarily how much you can borrow though, but the maximum amount allowed in your location.  The amount that you can personal qualify for will be based upon your income, and how much debt you have.  For most loans, your monthly mortgage payment, along with your monthly debts may not exceed 43% of your income.

Can I buy a home without a real estate agent?
It depends on your state and the type of loan program.  For some states, you must use an agent.  In other states, you are not required to use a real estate agent for many loan program, such as conventional mortgages.  However, some loan types require that you use a real estate agent regardless of your location, such as USDA loans.

Do you have first time home buyer loans for bad credit?
Yes, we offer mortgage options for borrowers with bad credit. This includes FHA loans for bad credit, which you can possibly be approved with a credit score as low as 500. However, a 580 credit score is required for the 3.5% down payment. If your credit score is between 500-579, then you will need to put 10% down.

Can I buy a home if I owe tax debt?
For government-backed loans, such as FHA, VA, and USDA loans, you can buy a home with tax debt as long as you have made a payment plan with the IRS, and are not behind on the payments. Any federal debt must be in good standing in order to get a government-based mortgage. If your tax debts have moved into the status of a tax lien, this will prevent you from getting a home loan until it is resolved.

Can I buy a home if I have student loans?
As long as you are not delinquent on the student loan payments, and the monthly payments do not cause excessive debt-to-income ratios, you can still get a mortgage.

Can I buy a home without my spouse?
A common question is if you can buy a house without your wife or husband.  The short answer is yes. There are numerous reasons someone may want to exclude their spouse from a mortgage application, such as lower credit, lack of job history or income, or one spouse having excessive debt that could prevent an approval. You may be able to qualify and get a home loan without your spouse.

How do I know if I am ready and prepared to own a home?
It is critical to consider the often unexpected expenses of buying a home. This includes repairs, maintenance, and of course furnishing the home, monthly utilities, and all other expenses that are associated with homeownership. A common mistake is to just look at the difference in rent to your total mortgage payment. Almost every year, you can expect to have to pay for various upkeep to keep the property functional. This can include anything from repairing a hot water heater that broke, to landscaping, and various maintenance.

Something else financial consultants advise is that you have at least 3 months of reserves. This means that you could afford to make your new mortgage payment for at least 3 months in the event that you lose a job or have some other unforeseen circumstance that the savings would be needed for. This is not a requirement for most home loans, but it is good advice to consider.

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