Purchasing a Pay it Forward Home
Contact our Willow Bend salesperson to let us know you are interested in buying a home in Willow Bend and you want to know if you qualify for our Pay It Forward program.
We will ask for some basic contact information and we will provide you with a list of preferred lenders for mortgage pre-qualification. You can use any mortgage lender with whom you are comfortable, you are not required to use a lender from our list. Our lenders are already familiar with Willow Bend and our program; however, we will work with any lender you chose.
If you have already been pre-qualified by a mortgage lender within the last 6 months, you can skip ahead to Step # 7.
The mortgage lender will collect information and documents from you (for example, pay stubs and tax returns). After reviewing your information, the lender will issue you a pre-qualification letter for the maximum amount of money that you are eligible to borrow for a mortgage. You will need to email or bring this letter to Natalie, our Willow Bend salesperson.
Sometimes a mortgage lender will identify some concerns that need to be resolved before a bank can pre-qualify you for a mortgage (for example, you may need to save additional money for a down payment, or you may need to pay off some credit card debt). If credit repair is needed, we can introduce you to our partners at Credit Counseling of Arkansas. Most of their services are free and they can help you achieve your goal of homeownership.
If you need help with additional down payment requirements, we can introduce you to our partners at ADFA (Arkansas Development Finance Authority). ADFA has several down payment assistance programs that can be combined with our Pay It Forward program.
Once you have a pre-qualification letter from a mortgage lender, we will ask you to fill out an application for our Pay It Forward program. There is a $25 fee to apply and many of the same documents you provided to your mortgage lender will be needed for this application.
Partners for Better Housing will make a determination of program qualification based on the income of your family. If your family earns below 80% of the Median Family Income for our area, and you have been pre-qualified for a mortgage loan, then you will be approved for our program.
Our Willow Bend salesperson will notify you with approval for the Pay It Forward program and will work with you to choose the home plan that works for your family and fits within your budget. You will enter into a contract to purchase the home and a timeline will be determined for construction completion and a closing.
If we can qualify potential Pay It Forward buyers faster than we can build the homes, then a waiting list will be established on a first come, first qualified, first served basis.
Some buyers may be qualified for a mortgage but may not qualify for the Pay It Forward program because they earn more than 80% of the Median Family Income for our area. Those buyers may still qualify for down payment assistance from ADFA. Our Willow Bend salesperson will work with you to reserve a home in Willow Bend while you qualify for other programs.
Partners for Better Housing may need to change the program requirements in the future. Every effort will be made to communicate any changes to potential and future buyers as quickly and efficiently as possible.