Affordable Housing In The Villages at Berkley in Mantua, NJ and in other Gloucester County, NJ Areas
Here you can find some great information regarding affordable housing programs in Gloucester County, NJ. Some towns in Gloucester County have affordable housing units for both low and moderate income families. The units typically are one or two bedrooms, sometimes three, and you have to apply for approval with an affordable housing firm. Approval is based off of your income, the number of people in your family, and some other criteria.
LET'S TAKE A STEP BACK. You may have heard it many times by now; This real estate market has GREAT opportunities for home buyers. For those that have the patience and thick skin, they can sometimes get a great buy when bidding on a foreclosure or short sale. But this process can be extremely aggravating and unfruitful, not to mention for some families in New Jersey, even foreclosure and short sale home prices are still out of their price range.
With afforable housing homes, single parents and/or one income family households can purchase a home that is at their price range. As an example, it isn't uncommon for a home in the Villages at Berkley in Mantua, NJ (Gloucester County) to have homes for sale in the $40,000 to $60,000 range.
MORTGAGE OPTIONS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS
Affordable housing qualifications regarding mortgage financing is for the most part the same as buying any other home. One of the GREAT things about purchasing at this price range (which is based off of your income and family status) is that you are very likely to qualify for almost any grant option out there such as those offered by the particular county or those offered by the state. Indeed many affordable housing buyers can get into a home with little to no money, and even have enough of a grant to pay for ALL mortgage requirements such as the down payment and closing costs.
FHA, Conventional, and VA are all options within the affordable housing purchase parameters. USDA is not an option due to some of the affordable housing guidelines regarding home ownership. Frankly 100% financing would rarely be needed when utilizing a combination of grants and other options.
Other home costs such as taxes and association fees are also reduced. In New Jersey this is important due to the high taxes (along with everything else).
As an example...
... A home purchase for $60,000 in The Village at Berkley in Mantua, NJ would have taxes of about $115 a month and association fees of $64. This is roughly 1/2 to 2/3 of what these figures would be on a unit the same size that is not purchased through an affordable housing program. Once all monthly costs are added together, those costs being the mortgage, association fees, taxes, mortgage insurance, and home owner's insurance (if needed) the monthly payment is about $525 - $550 at a 6% mortgage rate.
Indeed it is often a lower payment to buy a home than to rent.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT ...
... Right now some of the affordable housing offices NEED BUYERS. This is no joke. Amazing as some of these offers sound, there are homes and options available that aren't being taken advantage of. One of the reasons that this happens is because the affordable housing offices do not co-op. What this means for a buyer is that although an affordable housing office uses a Realtor and their real estate office to complete the transaction, unless your Realtor works for (or specifically with) the affordable housing firm, then your Realtor will not get paid if you buy one of these units. Your Realtor is in business to make money, (and rightly so), so don't hold it against them if they aren't jumping to get you into one of these homes.
If you would like a personal introduction to an affordable housing representative, call Steve at 856-419-3561 and he will be able to quickly set you up with an application for one of the available homes.
Affordable housing areas in Gloucester County, NJ: Mantua | Williamstown
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