If you want to help your child buy a home for the first time, then you need to understand the Family Opportunity Mortgage Program.
The little-known option lets people obtain mortgage financing for a college-bound child, disabled adult child or elderly parent without the expense associated with purchasing an investment property.
What’s more, you’re not required to make a 20 percent down payment.
Here’s how the loan program works for the different audiences I mentioned.
A college-bound son or daughter can reside in a second home residence purchased by their parents. To do so, the child must be enrolled in college and the property must be within a reasonable distance to the school where the child attends.
The property needs to be a reasonable distance from the parent’s home and be the child’s primary residence. The key is that the parents apply and qualify for the loan. The child is not an applicant and does not factor into the qualifying for the mortgage. In that way, the parents own the property.
The guidelines are a bit different for people who want a primary residence for elderly parents or disabled children. For one, the elderly parents or disabled children must be unable to work or not have sufficient income to qualify for a mortgage on their own.
Unlike buying a home for a college student, there’s no distance requirement on where the primary residence is located. The elderly parents or disabled children do not have to be on the mortgage or title unless they prefer to be on it.
Here’s an example of how I have seen a parent take advantage of the Family Opportunity Mortgage Program. Earlier this year, I received a call from a mother whose daughter planned to attend a college in Pennsylvania.
The mother said rent prices are high in the college town, and she preferred to buy a home that her daughter could live in during school.
Under the Family Opportunity mortgage, the purchase would not be classified as an investment property. That means the mother would not have to spend as much money on the down payment.
When it comes to elderly parents, imagine that your parents live in a different state, and you need to move them back to Hampton Roads. With the Family Opportunity program, you can help your parents live independently while the home – which you own – builds equity.
When you assess homebuying for a relative, it’s critical to know all of your options. The Family Opportunity Mortgage Program is a great one when you have unique living circumstances. Be sure to ask your lender about it when the time comes.
Call me, Shikma Rubin, Mortgage Advisor, NMLS #1114873 in our Chesapeake location. I specialize in lending for the millennial generation. Sign up today for my free webinar, “First-Time Homebuyer Crash Course,” at shikmarubin.com/webinar. You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-490-4726.