First Time Homebuyer

ELIGIBLE PROPERTIES One to four-family properties, manufactured or mobile homes, condominiums or cooperatives located in Fall River, meeting the FHA Mortgage Limits for the area.
Property must meet Section 8 Housing Quality Standards (HQS), and pass a visual assessment for lead-base paint.  Appraised value must have sufficient equity to protect all lenders.
ELIGIBLE BORROWERS Borrower must be first-time homebuyer. (i.e., must not have owned a home during the three-year period prior to purchase of a home with HOME assistance.) Property must be borrower’s principal residence during the affordability period. Borrower must be income eligible, (See HOME income limits), must not owe any outstanding property taxes or service fees to the City of Fall River, must complete a homebuyers counseling course prior to closing, must be creditworthy and meet the intent and objectives of the Program. Borrower must obtain a first mortgage from a qualified lender.
ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES Acquisition: downpayment and closing cost assistance
INTEREST RATES The Homebuyer Program features an interest rate of 1%. The length of the affordability period is determined as follows:
Dollars per Unit 
Less Than $15,000
Affordability Period
5 Years
10 Years
  • Up to $10,000 is available for downpayment and closing cost assistance.
  • Homebuyer assistance loan is deferred for the affordability period as long as the borrower complies with the Program regulations during the affordability period. Then, loan will revert to a grant.
  • Private leveraging is required. At least 1.5% of the purchase price.
  • Private lender must communicate with CDA and provide the necessary requested documentation.
  • Recapture provisions will apply.
  • Closing cost for CDA, $685.00.