NJ First-Time Home Buyers


NJ HMFA Smart Start Lender - First Time Home Buyer Programs

NJ HMFA Smart Start Lender - First Time Home Buyer Programs

Whether NJ first time home buyers utilize the available programs or not, every home buyer and Realtor need to know about these options. The main program that is offered by HMFA (Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency) of New Jersey is called the Smart Start program.

HomeThe Smart Start program is available for first time buyersand allows for down payment assistance or 2, 3, or 4 percent (%) of the loan amount. As an example, if you were financing $100,000, you could receive a grant of up to $4,000. The interest rate changes based on what assistance percentage is chosen.

The assistance can be used for closing costs or a down payment, or both. Often a home buyer with a little money in the bank can keep their money for after settlement and utilize both the down payment assistance program option and seller concessions. This creates a safer environment for a new home buyer as more of their own money can be kept in the bank.

The Smart Start program has income restrictions. As of 2/27/10 a first time buyer can make as much as $85,600 per household, and the limits go up depending on the county and the number of people in the household. (See Chart).

Although HMFA offers this program and many others like it, HMFA does not approve and finance these mortgages themselves, an approved HMFA mortgage lender such as Treasury Mortgage (A Division of Aurora Financial Group) would write, approve, and close these loans. In fact Aurora is one of only two firms that service these loans so you can do everything under one roof, which is better for everyone.

If you or someone you know is a first time home buyer, or if you are a Realtor, you owe it to yourself to know about these programs. They are not for everyone, but they are a wonderful fit for some and can make the first time home buyer experience a great one.

HomeSome other HMFA options are the Tax Prefund Program, Live Where You Work, Police and Fireman's Loan, and more

Lastly, be quite sure to work with a loan officer and lender that are very experienced with this program. If they are not writing HMFA Smart Start loans every month (be sure to ask them) then you are probably dealing with the wrong people!

Call, text, or write for more information or to be pre-approved for these programs.


Steve Kappre is a mortgage loan officer in New Jersey. For more info or questions feel free to contact Steve.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsStephen Kappre • February 27 2010 01:54PM


As always great info!

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro, Realtor (Re/Max Connection) over 10 years ago

Thanks Steve, thats a re-blog!

Posted by Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven (Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ) over 9 years ago

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