Down Payment Assistance Programs In Georgia

Dated: 05/15/2018

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You've done it.  Got started on your home searching.  You have an idea of what you want.  Now you are thinking about what you need to do to get that house.  What you might need to put down on a house to make it happen, but you might be thinking "how am I going to save that much?".  How you think your credit score might affect getting a loan - or you may not think you can right now (but you'd be surprised!).  You can't buy a house until you are qualified financially to do so.  

Here are some down payment assistance programs in Georgia you can ask our preferred lenders (listed at the bottom of the email) about and how you can qualify for them:

Gwinnett County Georgia Homestretch Down Payment Assistance

  • Grant of $7500.00 for homes in very good condition in Gwinnett County only

  • Income below 80% of area average (mean)

  • For First time home buyer

  • Detached SFR-Townhomes-FHA approved Condos

  • Already built homes maximum $165,000 -new construction $228,000

  • 6 year deferred payment -no monthly payment

  • Debt to income must be less than 43%

  • Occupy home as principal residence for 6 years and debt is completely forgiven

  • Can't have owned a home anywhere for last 3 years

  • Minimum credit score 640

  • 8 hour Buyer education class by HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency

  • Home to be Inspected by Homestretch personnel prior to Closing

WE Dekalb Down Payment Assistance Program

Sponsored by the Dekalb County Development Authority

Approved Homebuyers will receive a 30 year fixed rate mortgage and a Non-repayable down payment grant equal to 3% or 5% of the initial principle balance of the mortgage. The amount of assistance depends on the selected mortgage rate. The grant can be used for down payment and/or the closing costs.

  • Maximum Qualifying Income $81,900 (families of 2 or less) and $95,600 (families of 3 or more)

  • Eligible types of loans are FHA and VA

  • FHA maximum mortgage limit is $342,700

  • VA maximum mortgage limit is $ $417,000

  • 5% of total Loan Amount forgiven at Closing table

  • Minimum FICO score is 660

  • Maximum Debt-to-Income ratio is 44.9%

  • No First Time Buyer requirement

  • Owner Occupied only-No Investment properties

  • Property must be located in Dekalb County

  • New or Existing 1-4 units detached or attached SFR , condo's, townhouses.

  • No pre-payment penalty

  • Refinancing is permitted

  • Standard Agency mortgage loan guidelines apply

  • Co-Signers are NOT permitted

  • Construction to Perm NOT permitted

DeKalb County Home Down Payment Assistance Program

  • Qualified Participants eligible between $5000.00 up to $8000.00 in Down Payment Assistance

  • If Applicants credit score is 620 or higher, the applicant can qualify for $8,000.00 in DPA

  • Buyers must contribute 1% of the purchase price of their own money

  • You must live in the house for a full 5 years, after 5 years the debt is forgiven.

  • If you sell or refinance the property during the initial 5 years the full initial loan balance must be repaid in full.

  • Applicants must have a Household income of less than 80% of HUD?s Median Income

  • Net family assets must be less than $10,000-(Cash, CD?s, Stocks, Bonds, Land, or all forms of Capitol Investments.

  • Maximum purchase price is $157,225 or no more than 95% of Atlanta HUD median home price for Atlanta.

  • Dekalb County code Inspection is required by a certified DeKalb County Home Inspector prior to purchasing

  • All Homebuyers in the household must have successfully completed a HUD Certified First Time Home Buyer education course

  • House must be located in DeKalb County and must be a Single Family Residence and must meet the DeKalb quality standard in 24 CFR 982.401 A DeKalb County Representative will inspect the house prior to Closing

  • DeKalb County will monitor down payment assistance program files at a minimum of every two years to ensure files are in compliance with all DeKalb County and HOME HUD regulations and requirements. Monitoring criteria will include but not be limited to: program design and marketing, participant eligibility, property eligibility, eligible costs, loan processing, property standards, and other federal requirements.

  • Borrowers may NOT receive any cash back at closing.

Hall County Georgia Down Payment Assistance

  • Provides need based grants from $2,500 to $5,000, for properties purchased in Hall County Georgia

  • Buyer must be a first-time home buyer

  • Maximum purchase price of $271,050

  • Must be at or under 80% of the HUD median income

  • Home buyer education required

Georgia Dream Down Payment Assistance Program

  • Provides Interest Free loan from $5000 to $7500 for all Georgia counties

  • Professions that involve health care, public protection, certified educators, and those with disabilities may qualify for $7500

  • Must be First Time Homebuyer or not have owned a home within 3 years (unless in a targeted area)

  • Metro Atlanta area income restriction 1 or 2 person household income $ 69,000 maximum 3 or more and 79,500 maximum

  • Outside Metro Atlanta counties $59,000 or $68,500 respectively

  • Maximum home purchase price $ 200,000.

  • Must invest at least $1000 into the purchase

  • Interest Free loan - No monthly payments ? when house is sold or refinanced ?silent second? mortgage is paid back

  • 8 Hour Buyer Education is required if credit score is 660 may be taken on line. (Still takes 8 hours)

Federal Home Loan Bank Down Payment Assistance Grant

  • Provides 4:1 matching funds up to $5,000 for Borrowers not involved in the occupations below

  • Provides 4:1 matching funds up to $7,500 for those involved in Public Safety, Medical, or Education

  • NO First time Home Buyer requirement

  • Maximum purchase price to not exceed the FHA limits in the area being purchased

  • Must be at or under 80% of the HUD median income

  • Home buyer education required

Invest Atlanta 4.0

  • An attractive 30-year fixed interest rate mortgage with up to a 5% grant

  • Higher income and purchase price limits for eligible home-buyers

  • Refinances with a 5% grant are allowed

  • No first time home-buyer requirement

  • No repayment required; up to a 5% grant is forgiven at closing

  • Current residence must be sold prior to closing on the new home

  • Income limits cannot exceed program income limits

  • Must have a minimum credit score of 640 and debt-to-income ratio of 45%

  • Must qualify for first mortgage with Invest Atlanta participating lender

  • Contribute $1,500 of own funds towards closing

  • Maximum purchase price is $374,268

  • Single family detached homes, townhomes, 2-4 units and condominiums

  • No manufactured housing

  • Property must be owner-occupied, primary residence

  • The property must be located in the city limits of Atlanta

  • To determine if property is located in the city of Atlanta, go to


  • Provides up to 102% financing in participating Georgia counties

  • No first-time home buyer requirement

  • Maximum purchase price of FHA limits in area purchased

  • Higher income limits than county programs up to $82,600

  • USDA Mortgage Insurance significantly lower than FHA Mortgage Insurance or Conventional Mortgage Insurance

Flowery Branch Georgia Down Payment Assistance

Home Development Resources, Inc. offers a down payment assistance program, funded by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Community Home Investment Program (CHIP), to help first time home buyers to purchase a home. If you purchase a home in the city limits of Flowery Branch, GA., Depending on your income, you can receive between$2,500- $5,000for down payment and/or closing costs toward your first home. This program is designed to help families in a specific income range. The income limits change each year. Below is an example of the income chart.

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  • Complete a pre-purchase application

  • Provide proof of income for all adults over 18 years of age (2 pay stubs)

  • You have not owned a home in the past three years

  • The home you purchase must be the primary residence

  • Purchase price of the home cannot exceed the FHA limits for Hall County

  • Attend Home Development Resources, Inc., First Time Homebuyer workshop

So, go ahead and reach out to one of our preferred lenders to see what you need to get ready!


Katherine Kuring

Georgia's Own Credit Union

[email protected]


Jennifer Boswell, Ameris Bank

Office: 770.423.3086

Cell: 470.226.4879

[email protected]



Andrea Nidess

Angel Oak Home Loans 404-788-9757

Kathy Delbridge

(678) 773-0651

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