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PROGRAM UPDATE: The VA Specially Adapted Housing Grant has increased to $85,645 for 2019 along with the Temporary Residence Adaptation grant increasing to $37,597. VA Specially Adapted Housing Grant

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Program Update

PROGRAM UPDATE:  For 2019 the maximum amount for the VA Special Housing Adaptation Grant has increased to $17,130 with the Temporary Residence Assistance grant increasing to $6,713. VA Special Housing Adaptation Grant

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At 17%, Washington County has the highest population of foreign-born residents in the Portland metro area. Nearly one in four households in Washington County speak a language other than English at home. The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University estimates in their 2018 State of the Nation’s Housing that foreign-born households currently make […]

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Did you know… According to Freddie Mac, nearly half of consumers don’t shop for better rates before taking out a mortgage to buy or refinance a home. Worse, many consumers do not seem to realize that the rates offered by lending institutions vary widely. With a 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaging 4.94% in the first […]

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Bank of America’s 2018 Fall Home Insights report finds that 16% of Millennials wrongly believe they do not have good enough credit to purchase a home. Improving a credit score may provide a wider range of loan options, but buyers with low credit scores may still be able to qualify for an FHA loan. The […]

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In addition to specifically designated programs, Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee and the VA Native American Direct Loan, USDA Rural Development loans and grants are available to Tribal Nations and their members both on and off of reservations and tribal trust lands. The Single Family Housing Direct Home Loan provides loans in rural areas […]

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More than one in five home buyers is a single woman. According to NAR’s 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Demographic Types report, 18% of all homebuyers are women, second only to married couples, and more than twice the number of single male homebuyers. Additionally, single women make up 18% of all first-time homebuyers. Women are […]

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In a nationwide survey of about 24,000 renters, Apartment List found that 80 percent of millennial renters want to purchase a house or condo. Saving for a down payment can delay these buyers for a median of three years, and some buyers for up to a decade. The misconception held by many renters that a […]

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New Homebuyer Program Added

Freddie Mac’s new loan program, HomeOne, offers a low 3% down payment option that serves the needs of first-time homebuyers, along with no cash-out refinance borrowers. The program has no borrower geographic or income limits and includes cancellable mortgage insurance after certain requirements are met. For more information click here.

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According to AARP, 90% of seniors indicate they would prefer to age in place, however, the costs for home modifications allowing older adults to remain in their homes can add up quickly and be cost prohibitive for lower-income individuals and families. Fortunately, there are a number of non-profit organizations that provide critical home repairs, modifications, […]

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