Its back! First-time Homebuyers Program

Great news for first-time homebuyers, the NLHC announced their Downpayment Assistance Program has returned to NL this year.   For anyone interested in applying for the downpayment assistance loan you can begin your pre-approval process now!

The NLHC  First-time Homebuyers Program (FHP) provides a loan of the 5% downpayment needed.  There are a few reasons why borrowing a downpayment is usually not recommend, however this Program is different and here are the reasons why:

  • $2,000.00 of the funds are in the form of a grant, which does not have to be paid back and can be used towards anything! (closing costs, furniture, appliances, etc.)
  • There is an educational component, which includes learning opportunities on financial planning; debt management and home maintenance and upkeep. These materials help ensure applicants become successful homeowners.
  • Repayment would not have to begin until after 5 years, interest rates on the loan are low (prime -1%) and payments may be kept to just over $100/month.

There are several criteria areas which apply to both the purchaser and property:

  • Home purchase price must be no more than $250,000 in the St. John's metro area.  A variance allows up to 10% or $275,000.
  • Within $200,000 within 30km of the five regional centres of Clarenville, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook and Stephenville.
  • $175,000 in the rest of Newfoundland and Labrador [Rural]. 
  • Purchasers: Having up to $75,000 in income can receive a full 5% downpayment, with a sliding scale where incomes can go up to $85,000.

A mortgage pre-approval is mandatory for anyone interested in applying for the downpayment assistance loan.  Begin your pre-approval process now!


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