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Purchasers of these homes may not exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). Income amounts vary according to household size and are listed below.
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Q: I don’t have a good track record with my credit recently and/or don’t have a steady source of income. Can I get into one of your homes?
A: In order to purchase a NeighborWorks® Pocatello home, your credit and monthly income needs to be at a satisfactory enough level to qualify for a first mortgage loan. Getting approval (or at least pre-approval) for a loan from an outside private lender is the first critical step, as NeighborWorks® Pocatello does not originate first mortgages. When you apply for a mortgage loan, your lender will assess your credit and make an evaluation based on a number of factors, including your credit/payment history, income, and overall financial situation.
Q: I think I might meet this requirement. Is there a lender you can refer me to?
A: Fortunately, there are several outstanding lenders in the area who will assist you with your initial mortgage loan application. Many of them are familiar with our programs. Although we are not able to direct you to a specific lender, we can provide you with a list of mortgage lenders in the community if you would like to contact us.
Q: I only have so much I can set aside each month for a house payment and in looking at the prices of your homes, I don’t think I can afford one of them.
A: All of our homes are sold at market price; however, we may be able to help secure some “gap” financing, which can help make for lower monthly mortgage payments. For example, if your outside lender determines the highest mortgage amount you may qualify for is $95,000, we could (if you meet certain criteria) cover the difference between this amount and the asking home sales price with gap financing. This gap financing is a loan (or a combination of loans) where no monthly payments are required, interest rate is 0% and the principal is only due upon sale or refinance of the home. In the above scenario, you would only need to make monthly payments based on the first mortgage loan amount of $95,000 that you secured from an outside lender.
Q: Other than getting pre-approval for a mortgage loan, what else is required?
A: We require all of our home purchasers to complete our “FinallyHome!” Homebuyer Education Course. This course takes approximately six hours to complete and you must finish it prior to closing. You must also make less than 80% of Area Median Income as shown by the chart on this webpage. There are also occasions where two or more families are interested in purchasing the same NeighborWorks® Pocatello home. If this is the case, there is a selection committee that will determine which family or individual is best suited for the home. Selection criteria includes household size, income level (with families of lower income levels scoring more points), credit and overall housing need.
Q: Do I have to help with construction of the home or put in any “sweat equity” hours?
A: Yes. For each person listed on the deed, 50 hours of “sweat equity” is required. The sweat equity requirement may be fulfilled with such tasks as painting, landscaping and other general labor. You will be compensated for your sweat equity in the form of an offsetting price reduction of your home. If you have a disability where it is not possible to complete the sweat equity component, we will work with you to find other ways to complete this requirement. By the way, NeighborWorks® Pocatello will pay for a sprinkler system to be installed and provide the landscaping material.
Q: Are your homes energy efficient?
A: Yes – very much so. All of our homes are built to ENERGYSTAR specifications, which translate into low utility bills. We are one of only a handful of builders in Southeast Idaho to adhere to this high standard. We also install WaterSense® plumbing fixtures.
Q: I’m not interested in owning a home at this time. Do you offer rental units?
A: The primary mission of NeighborWorks® Pocatello is to provide opportunities for residents to own their own homes. We only have five rental units above our offices at 206 N. Arthur, but we rent these units at full market rates and don’t subsidize the rents in any way.
Q: Because of my poor credit, I am not able to purchase a home currently, but want to get my finances and credit in order so that I can buy something in in the future. How can you help me?
A: NeighborWorks® Pocatello offers Financial Fitness courses which include the “Credit When Credit is Due” curriculum. This is an excellent course that will help put you on the path to home ownership. NeighborWorks® Pocatello is also a HUD approved counseling agency and can consult with you on a one-on-one basis regarding how to improve your credit.