The government-sponsored enterprise, along with its counterpart Freddie Mac, has already begun purchasing mortgages with down payments as low as 3%.
On a $150,000 home, this could result in up to $4,500 in savings for the buyer, according to the mortgage giant. In addition, Fannie Mae will reimburse the $75 cost of the homebuyer education course at the time of closing.
“Purchasing your first home can be an overwhelming process,” said Jay Ryan, Fannie Mae’s vice president of REO sales. “We developed the HomePath Ready Buyer program to provide first-time homebuyers with the knowledge to make informed decisions as they navigate the complexities of the home buying process. Closing cost assistance provides a cushion many first-time buyers need to more confidently face the financial responsibilities of homeownership.”
Fannie Mae said that it is partnering with Framework, a nonprofit created by the Housing Partnership Network and the Minnesota Homeownership Center, to create the homebuyer education course. The course, which contains nine, thirty-minute sessions, is entirely online. The course offers homebuyers a homeownership education course that covers both the complexities of home buying and the responsibilities of owning a home, Fannie said.
According to Fannie, to be eligible for the closing cost assistance and the reimbursement of the training cost:
- Buyers must complete the full online HomePath Ready Buyer training course on the HomePath website and receive a certificate of completion
- The buyer must be a first-time homebuyer (did not own a property in the past three years) with plans to reside in the property as their primary residence. Auction, pool and investor sales are not eligible
- The request for closing cost assistance must be made at the initial offer, submitted on or after April 14, 2015
Fannie Mae is encouraging interest parties to take the homebuyer education course as quickly as possible, as the course must be completed before an offer can be made.
Fannie Mae has launched the HomePath Ready Buyer program, qualifying first-time homebuyers to receive up to 3% of the purchase price in closing cost assistance toward the purchase of a HomePath property. That’s if the buyer completes an online homebuyer education course.