Montgomery County Property Tax Credit Program

About the Design for Life (DFL) Property Tax Incentive Program

The Design for Life (DFL) Property Tax Incentive Program provides 3 tiers of property tax incentives to make homes more universally accessible:

1. Accessible Feature tax incentives are for certain features that are permanently installed to improve access to or within an owner’s principal residence (not limited to single-family homes).

2. Level I (VISITable) tax incentives are available for permanent installations to any new or existing single-family homes, townhomes and duplexes that meet Level I accessibility threshold.

3. Level II (LIVEable)  tax incentives are available for permanent installations to any new or existing single-family homes, townhomes and duplexes that meet Level II accessibility threshold.

For new home construction a school impact tax credit may be available for projects meeting Level I and Level II Accessibility standards.

Whether you are a first time homebuyer, young family, active adult, or person living with a temporary or permanent impairment, these additional design elements will enhance your home — and at the same time, meet your needs and your visitors’ needs throughout your life.

The Design for Life   Accessibility Standards for Level I (VISITable) and Level II (LIVEable) incorporate design elements such as a no-step entrance, which make it easier and safer to accommodate a person living with a temporary or permanent impairment, accommodate friends or relatives who have mobility limitations or even bring in a baby stroller or move in large furniture. Ultimately, homes that incorporate these features will help people age in place more comfortably, conveniently and cost effectively.

DESIGN FOR LIFE PROPERTY TAX CREDIT PROGRAM AT A GLANCE. DFL Permitting Information Application Process Apply Online ePlans

Bill 5-13 Property Tax Credit

Executive Regulation 3-14 Design for Life Tax Incentives

Design for Life Technical Guidelines

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Homebuyer Pre-Purchase Education Taught In Howard County

Homebuyer Education

PRE-PURCHASE COUNSELING

Howard County Housing, in partnership with Guidewell Financial Solutions, has designed an initiative to promote successful homeownership in Howard County, Maryland. Educational workshops and one-on-one counseling will be offered on a monthly basis to households purchasing a home in Howard County, and/or participating in Howard County Housing’s (HCH) homeownership and rental programs, including, but not limited to, the Settlement Downpayment Loan Program (SDLP) and Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program. Guidewell Financial Solutions is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and the workshop curriculum is derived from guidelines established by the National Industry Standards for Homeownership and Counseling. Individuals and families interested in purchasing a home in Howard County are invited to attend.

Interested participants can register by emailing homebuyerclass@howardcountymd.gov or calling 410-313-6328.

Please note that Howard County’s certificate for completing the counseling is not valid in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Harford County or Baltimore City. If you are planning on purchasing in one of those counties, please access the Maryland Mortgage Program website at www.mmp.maryland.gov to locate the appropriate counseling agency.

More information available on the Howard County Website.

Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County

Homeownership

Purchasing a home is one of the best ways to invest in your future; however it is often the largest financial transaction most people will make. The Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) is committed to making home ownership in Montgomery County affordable by offering qualified buyers home loans and down payment/closing cost assistance.

Housing Opportunities Commission Website

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Mortgage Purchase Program (MPP)

Conventional Financing Option

Getting Started

Interest Rates

Income and Sales Price Limits

Closing Cost Assistance

Participating Lenders

Eligible Property/MPDU

First Time Homebuyer EducationHome Inspection

Documentation

Terms and Conditions of MPP Mortgage

Recapture Tax

Power of Attorney

Free Credit Report

Payment Calculator

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Mortgage Vocabulary

Montgomery County MPDU Homeownership Program

Description

Montgomery County’s Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) Program offers affordably priced townhomes and condominiums – both new and resale – to first-time homebuyers who have a moderate household income (see list of minimum and maximum income levels below).

When MPDUs are available for sale, DHCA conducts Random Selection Drawings to determine who is eligible to purchase them.  Participants are selected to purchase a home based on a number of factors.

Households must be able to qualify for a mortgage; pay a down payment; pay settlement fees including advance taxes and advance insurance; and pay a monthly mortgage payment, utilities, and other costs.  Special financing and down payment and closing cost assistance are available through the Housing Opportunities Commission.

In addition, MPDU owners are responsible for all home maintenance, home improvements, condo fees (if applicable), and compliance with homeowner or condominium rules and regulations. For new homes, the builder is responsible for all warranty items.

Program Rules

Homes that are purchased through the MPDU Program, whether new or re-sale, have controls on them.  New and some resales homes have 30 year controls; other resale homes have 10 or 15 year controls. These controls are in the form of restrictive covenants that state:

  • During the control period, the owner must occupy the home.  The unit may not be rented out.
  • During the control period, the owner must not refinance the property for more than the controlled resale price established by the MPDU office (owners are prohibited from refinancing the property based on the market value of the property).
  • During the control period, the owner can only sell the home at the MPDU established controlled resale price through the MPDU Program to an approved MPDU purchase program participant.
  • During the control period, MPDU owners must not purchase another property.
  • When the property is sold after the control period, the owner must pay 50% of the profit to Montgomery County.
  • After the control period expires, it is strongly recommended that owners contact the MPDU office prior to refinancing their MPDU.  Refinancing does not relieve the owner of the obligation to make a shared profit payment to the County upon sale; therefore, it is important not to refinance for the full market value.

Benefits of MPDU Home Ownership

  • You will get to own a home in Montgomery County at a greatly reduced price.  Living in Montgomery County provides access to high quality services and schools.
  • By purchasing an MPDU home with a standard 30-year fixed rate mortgage, your monthly mortgage payment will not increase each year, unlike rent which landlords typically increase annually.
  • You will be able to deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes from your income tax.
  • Your property taxes are based on the MPDU value of your property, not a “market value.”
  • You have the freedom to make improvements to your home.
  • When you sell your MPDU home during the control period at the MPDU controlled resale price, you will get back what you originally paid for the MPDU, plus inflation and the cost of eligible improvements.
  • When you sell your MPDU home after the control period at a market resale price, you will keep half of the profit.

Are you Eligible?

  1. You are NOT eligible to participate in the MPDU purchase program if you currently own a house or have owned a house anywhere in the past five (5) years.
  2. INCOME Minimums and Maximums (all incomes are gross household income; that is, household income before taxes)
    • minimum annual household income: $35,000
    • maximum annual household income (effective March 17, 2016):
      Eligible Household Size
      and Maximum Income
      Household Size Maximum Income
      1 $53,500
      2 $61,000
      3 $69,000
      4 $76,500
      5 $82,500
      6 $88,500
      7 $95,000
      8 $101,000
  3. Participants in the MPDU purchase program MUST be able to:
    • pay a down payment, settlement fees and other closing costs, and
    • afford the monthly mortgage and other expenses for the property
  4. Financing  Applicants for the MPDU purchase program must provide a mortgage pre-qualification letter from an HOC participating Mortgage Lender in an amount of at least $120,000.  Special financing and down payment and closing cost assistance are also available through the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC).

How to Apply – Easy as 1…2…3!

Step 1:  Attend First-Time Home-Buyer Class

Step 2:  Attend MPDU Orientation Seminar

Step 3:  Attend MPDU Application Session

NOTE:  You must take the First Time Homebuyer Class before the Orientation Seminar.  You just need to take both of these two classes before signing up for the Application Session.

  • DHCA does not mail applications for the MPDU purchase program. New, first-time participants in the MPDU program need to attend the first two required training sessions (Steps 1 and 2) in order to receive an application to participate in the MPDU program.  They must then attend an Application Session (Step 3) to turn in their completed application.
  • These classes are designed to answer all your questions about the MPDU program, provide information about the home purchase application and selection process, and provide information about home ownership responsibilities.
  • Current participants in the MPDU Program who have already taken the first two classes and who have already received a Certificate of Eligibility do not need to take the first two classes again – however, they must still attend an Application Session (Step 3) to turn in their renewal application and supporting documents.

Note:  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Do not sign up for the Application Session until you:

  • attend the First-Time Home-Buyer Class,
  • attend the MPDU Orientation Seminar,
  • obtain a mortgage pre-qualification letter,
  • gather all other documents needed for your application (as identified in your application folder), and
  • complete your application.

Steps and Instructions (click the link below)

Montgomery County Homeownership Program

HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program

About Good Neighbor Next Door

Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. HUD offers a substantial incentive in the form of a discount of 50% from the list price of the home. In return you must commit to live in the property for 36 months as your sole residence.

How the Program Works

Eligible Single Family homes located in revitalization areas are listed exclusively for sale through the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. Properties are available for purchase through the program for seven days.

How to Participate in Good Neighbor Next Door

Check the  listings for your state. Follow the instructions to submit your interest in purchasing a specific home. If more than one person submits an offer on a single home a selection will be made by random lottery. You must meet the requirements for a law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter or emergency medical technician and comply with HUD’s regulations for the program.

HUD requires that you sign a second mortgage and note for the discount amount. No interest or payments are required on this “silent second” provided that you fulfill the three-year occupancy requirement.The number of properties available is limited and the list of available properties changes weekly.

To learn more, please see our Good Neighbor Sales Frequently Asked Questions!

Comments and Questions

To learn more, please visit the HUD website.

Maryland Mortgage Program – You’ve Earned It Initiative

Maryland Mortgage Program – You’ve Earned It Initiative

The Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) is offered through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). For a limited time, eligible homebuyers that that purchase a home in one of Maryland’s Sustainable Communities, and who have at least $25,000 in student debt may qualify for a 0.25% discount on the standard MMP mortgage rate. This program is primarily for first time homebuyers, but exemptions apply.

For more information visit the Department of Housing and Community Development Maryland Mortgage Program.

Maryland Mortgage Program – Maryland Homefront

Maryland Homefront – The Veterans and Military Family Mortgage Program

The Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to launch our newest version of Maryland Homefront: The Veterans and Military Family Mortgage Program (Maryland Homefront).  Homefront provides military veterans and active duty military with a special interest rate discount of 0.25% for a 30-year and a fixed rate mortgage, This initiative is in appreciation of the contributions made by members of the United States armed services and their families.

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All qualified borrowers under this initiative are also eligible to receive $5,000 for down payment and closing cost assistance through the Maryland Mortgage Program’s Down Payment Assistance Program plus any applicable Partner Match funds. Note that this program is not applicable to refinances.

Talk to an approved Maryland Mortgage Program Lender about possible Down Payment Assistance options available to you.

Download the Homefront Flyer and Fact Sheets

Getting Started

If you’re ready to take advantage of this special program:

  1. Talk to a Lender – Your lender can help you confirm your eligibility for the Homefront Program and will make sure you meet all the requirements, such as attending the right Homebuyer Education Class.
  2. Check Your Eligibility to see whether you can apply for a Maryland Mortgage Program loan. Note that being eligible to apply does not guarantee approval, and lenders will take into account things like your income, credit history and employment situation when considering your application.
  3. Complete a Homebuyer Education Class – Completing a Homebuyer Education prepares you to make the right decisions when purchasing your home.  Homebuyer Education classes are available throughout Maryland, and are provided by a range of Community and Non-Profit organizations as well as local government housing agencies.
  4. Learn about Down Payment Assistance – The Maryland Mortgage Program provides help in the form of Down Payment Assistance alongside a range of Partner Match programs from employers, developers and community organizations that can cover down payment and closing costs.
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For more information visit the Department of Housing and Community Development Maryland Mortgage Program.

Maryland HomeCredit

Maryland HomeCredit Program


Lower Your Federal Taxes, Every Year, For the Life of Your Loan

A Maryland HomeCredit can save a homebuyer tens of thousands of dollars over the life of a home loan, and makes owning a home more affordable. Together with a home loan through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Maryland Mortgage Program, which offers Down Payment Assistance and the certainty of a 30-year fixed interest rate, the State of Maryland is making the dream of sustainable homeownership a reality for more Marylanders than ever.

You may already know about the mortgage interest deduction that most homeowners already claim each year on their federal taxes. The Maryland HomeCredit Program is different, and provides a federal tax credit to eligible homebuyers. A tax deduction reduces the homeowner’s “taxable income”. In contrast, a tax credit, such as the Maryland HomeCredit, provides the homeowner with a reduction in their actual federal tax liability.

The Department’s Maryland HomeCredit Program provides eligible homebuyers with a federal tax credit that may be claimed annually, the value of which is equal to 25% of the value of mortgage interest payments (up to $2,000) paid each year, for the life of the loan (i.e. until payoff, sale, refinance or transfer).

How to Get a Maryland HomeCredit

Homebuyers apply for a Maryland HomeCredit through an approved mortgage lender.  The Lender will confirm the borrowers’ eligibility for this program, and submit an application to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

Who Can Get a Maryland HomeCredit?

To get a HomeCredit, you must be purchasing a home in Maryland and meet borrowing criteria that include:

  • You must meet the same income limits and home purchase price limits as the Maryland Mortgage Program;
  • You cannot have owned a home during the past three (3) years, UNLESS you are purchasing in a Targeted Area;
  • The home  you purchase must be your primary residence.

NOTE – the Maryland HomeCredit Program is not available for refinances or existing homeowners

For More information: http://mmp.maryland.gov/Pages/MDHomeCredit.aspx

Also visit the Department of Housing and Community Development Maryland Mortgage Program.

Maryland Mortgage Program

Is the Maryland Mortgage Program Right for Me?

Buying a home is a big deal. For Marylanders just like you, it may be the single largest purchase you make, and will impact your family’s life for years to come.

For many people, becoming a homeowner can mean stability, greater control over how you live, and the potential for building wealth and equity for your family’s future.

Read more about the benefits of Homeownership.

You may have heard about the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) from a friend or a neighbor, from an ad you saw on a fast-moving bus or from a flyer you picked up at an event, and now you’re wondering if this program can help you move into a home of your own.

The Maryland Mortgage Program is a home loan program that’s right for many Marylanders, is a safe and secure loan from Maryland’s Housing Finance Agency, and has several important features:

Eligibility

Many people across Maryland are eligible to apply for a home loan through the Maryland Mortgage.  Read more: Click Here

 

For more information visit the Department of Housing and Community Development Maryland Mortgage Program.

USDA Home Repair Program

Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants

Fact Sheet

Program Status: Open

What does this program do? 
Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, this provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.

Who may apply for this program?
To qualify, you must:

  • Be the homeowner and occupy the house
  • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere
  • Have a family income below 50 percent of the area median income 
  • For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan

What is an eligible area?
Applicants may check the address of their home to determine eligibility.

How may funds be used?

  • Loans may be used to repair, improve or modernize homes or remove health and safety hazards
  • Grants must be used to remove health and safety hazards

How much money can I get?

  • Maximum loan is $20,000
  • Maximum grant is $7,500
  • Loans and grants can be combined for up to $27,500 in assistance

What are the terms of the loan or grant?

  • Loans can be repaid over 20 years
  • Loan interest rate is fixed at 1%
  • Full title service is required for loans of $7,500 or more
  • Grants have a lifetime limit of $7,500
  • Grants must be repaid if the property is sold in less than 3 years
  • If applicants can repay part, but not all of the costs, applicants may be offered a loan and grant combination

Is there a deadline to apply? 

  • Home loans are available year round as long as funding is available
  • Home loan applications are processed in the order they are received

How long does an application take? 
Approval times depend on funding availability in your area. Talk to a USDA home loan specialist in your area for help with the application

Who can answer questions and how do I get started?
Contact a USDA home loan specialist in your area

What governs this program?

  • The Housing Act of 1949 as amended, 7 CFR Part 3550
  • HB-1-3550 – Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants Field Office Handbook

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
Helping people stay in their own home and keep it in good repair helps families and their communities. Homeownership helps families and individuals build savings over time. It strengthens communities and helps many kinds of businesses that support the local economy.

NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change, please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled “What Governs this Program?” Applicants may also contact your local office for assistance.

ited State Department of Agriculture offers housing repair loans, also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, to provide loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards in certain areas of Maryland.

To Qualify You Must

  • Be the homeowner and occupy the house.
  • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere.
  • Have a family income below 50 percent of the area median income.
  • For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan.
  • Live in an eligible area.

For more information visit United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.