2024 Homebuyer Dream Program (HDP)
You can get up to a $20,000 grant to help you purchase your first home!
TEG Federal Credit Union is excited to participate in the 2024 Homebuyer Dream Program and proud to be able to help income eligible families make the dream of homeownership a reality.
What is the Homebuyer Dream Program?
TEGFCU provides assistance to help qualifying first-time homebuyers in New York obtain a generous grant (up to $20,000) from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) to use towards your home’s down payment and closing costs.
- Up to $19,500 in grant funding is available to be applied to down payment and closing costs
- Up to $500 in grant funding is available to offset the cost of the homeownership course
Grant funds for the HDP are limited each year and are distributed to eligible homebuyers on a first-come, first-served basis.
Find out if you qualify
Interested members should speak to one of our Mortgage Loan Consultants. Jessica, Matt, Scott, Darren, Jeffrey or Kevin can discuss the eligibility requirements with you to determine if you’ll qualify for the program.
Then we can help you get started by getting you prequalified so you can shop for your new house. Once you have found a home and we are processing your mortgage, TEG will submit your homebuyer dream grant application to FHLBNY for approval.
Homebuyer Dream Program (HDP) eligibility requirements
In order to qualify, anyone who will be listed on the mortgage or their spouse must be a first-time homebuyer.
A first-time homebuyer is defined as an individual who has not owned a home during the 3 years before the purchase of the new home.
Homebuyer Certification Course
Homebuyers are required to take homebuyer education course and provide the certificate prior to submitting the grant application. The Homeownership Counseling Certificate is valid for 18 months.
Find a homebuyer education course at ehomeamerica.org.
In order to meet the income and credit requirements household income for all adult occupants needs to be at or below 80% of area median income in the county where the new property is located.
Anyone over the age of 18 who will be living in the house must provide income verification, even if that person will not be on the mortgage.
Purchase and Sales Contract
You must be in contract to purchase your new home before you can apply for the grant. You will need to provide your fully executed purchase contract, income documentation, and Homebuyer Course certificate and then TEG will submit your grant application for FHLBNY approval.
Talk to one of our Mortgage Officers about a pre-approval. It’s important to get pre-approved ahead of home shopping so you’ll be ready to go!
You will need to provide a minimum of $1,000 of your own funds to use towards the purchase of the home.
You are required to occupy the new property as your primary residence for at least five years.
Any buyer who owns and occupy the home purchased through the Homebuyer Dream Program for less than five years may be required to pay back a prorated portion of the grant funds.
After five years of occupancy the grant is forgiven.
Who Can Apply?
As a not-for-profit credit union, our focus is to be your financial partner, helping you to save money and guiding you to financial success. Come talk to us and discover the TEG Difference. Membership is open to all those who live, work, worship or attend school in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.
The grant funds will be made available to qualifying first-time homebuyers in conjunction with a TEGFCU mortgage. Please contact a mortgage officer for additional details if you are a member looking to purchase outside of our charter area.
Household income for all occupants 18 years and older must be at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) in the county where the new property is located.
Here is an example of the Median Income Guidelines for the list of our counties:
How Does the Program Work?
- Discuss the Eligibility Criteria and Required Documentation with a TEGFCU Mortgage Expert to determine if you will qualify for the program.
- Once in an accepted purchase contract for your new home, provide your fully executed purchase contract, income documentation, and Homebuyer Course certificate and TEG will submit your grant application to the Federal Home Loan Bank of NY.
- FHLBNY reviews your application and submitted documents.
- The grant is subject to the FHLBNY approval. If approved, you have up to 90 days to close on your new home.
Please note: Grants are not transferable to different homebuyer borrowers or properties.
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