SONYMA's Achieving the Dream Mortgage Program provides qualified low income first time homebuyers with low downpayment mortgage financing on 1-4 family dwellings (including condominiums and cooperative apartments, as well as manufactured homes permanently attached to real property) at a very low fixed interest rate.
Very low fixed interest rate
Financing of up to 97% of the value of the property for qualified borrowers and homes (for three and four family dwellings the maximum financing is 90%, and for the cooperative apartments, the maximum financing is 95%)
A low minimum borrower cash contribution requirement of 1% of the value of the property (3% for three and four family dwellings & for cooperative apartments).
120 day interest rate locks for existing housing (short term lock in) and 240 days for properties under construction or rehabilitation (long term lock in);
Term of 30 years only
No prepayment penalties
Down Payment Assistance of $3,000 or 3% of the home purchase price (not to exceed $15,000)
Applicants and borrowers must meet the following list of requirements.
- You must be a first time homebuyer as defined by SONYMA (This requirement is waived for eligible military veterans and their household members or for borrowers seeking to purchase a home located in a Federally designated Target Area. See Exceptions for Borrowers for more details)
- You must meet SONYMA's credit underwriting standards.
- You must have a steady job, good credit history, sufficient income to make the mortgage payment and meet other debt payments, and sufficient cash, savings, or other assets for downpayment and closing costs.
- You must meet SONYMA's Household Income Limit requirements and occupy the SONYMA-financed home as their permanent residence.
Note: If you currently own a residential investment or vacation home and you intend to retain ownership of the home, you will not qualify for SONYMA financing.