NJ First-Time Home Buyers


Atlantic County New Jersey Home Buyer's Program






Atlantic County Home Buyer's Program

FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR 2008 as of 4/3/08


The Atlantic County Improvement Authority (ACIA), Atlantic County Home Buyers and Lenders utilizing approved Mortgage programs. The ACIA reserves the right to reject mortgages that contain terms and/or conditions that conflict with the goals of the program.


To increase home ownership opportunities in Atlantic County by overcoming the obstacles created by the down payment and closing cost requirements faced by low/moderate income families when purchasing a home.



1. Who have resided in Atlantic County for the last 12 months or are employed in Atlantic County.

2. Who have not owned a home for the last three years.

3. With acceptable credit history and the ability to obtain an approved mortgage.

4. With incomes below 80% of Median income:
These income levels are (effective February 13, 2008)

# of Household  Members  80% of Median Income
1 $36,500.00
2 $41,700.00
3 $46.950.00
4 $52,150.00
5 $56,300.00
6 $60,500.00
7 $64,650.00
8 $68,850.00


1. Single Family Residences located in Atlantic County excluding Atlantic City.

2. Sale Price cannot exceed $200,000.00

3. Property must meet all requirements for an approved mortgage.


1. The Program will provide funds determined to be necessary to bridge the gap between the amount of down payment & closing costs required by the approved mortgage, and the amount the home buyer has available UP TO $20,000.00.

2. All funds from this program are forgivable, non-amortizing deferred payment loans subordinate to the first mortgage of the lender. These loans will be forgiven after five (5) years (up to $14,999) or ten years (from $15,000 to $20,000). Prior to that, these loans will be due and payable upon the sale, transfer of title or leasing of the property, or any refinancing of the first mortgage.


1) All applicants will be prescreened by participating lenders for a mortgage pre-approval and good faith estimate of amount of assistance needed.

2) The bank/mortgage company representative contacts ACIA to provide the information.

3) Potential recipients will be contacted by ACIA to fill out the application.

4) If approved a certification will be issued for our program.

5) At this point, applicant must be under contract of sale for an eligible property.

6) The applicant will then return to the lender to complete the necessary steps for the mortgage and final determination of the amount of assistance needed according to the program limits and the HUD-1 settlement sheet to be prepared by the Lender/ Title Company.

7) The applicant completes the Homebuyer Counseling program prior to settlement.

8) Funds disbursed accordingly at settlement.


Applicants must complete a HUD approved home buyers counseling and education program approved by the Atlantic County Improvement Authority, through either:

Atlantic Human Resources


Money Management International
Consumer Credit Counseling.


Consumer Credit & Budget Counseling



It is a requirement of this program that an inspection be performed on all housing units acquired with these funds to ensure that they meet all Federal Housing Quality Standards (HQS). Any findings are to be corrected, re-inspected and certified prior to settlement.


Contact Annie Reid at the Atlantic County Improvement Authority - 609-645-5838.

Comment balloon 4 commentsStephen Kappre • February 06 2009 07:50AM


I guess I should start working in Atlantic county since I spend part of every summer in Ventnor, going to the beach and crabbing with Maggie.  It's great to have info on buyer's programs their.

Thanks Steve.

Paul Howard

Posted by Paul Howard, Paul Howard Realty, 856-488-8444 (Paul Howard, Broker, Paul Howard Realty 856-488-8444) over 10 years ago

You're a vertible cornucopia of information.  Great info for this program.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 10 years ago

Great info on this program but I am curious why this would be useful for folks in New Jersey?

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Bill - You are right in your thinking that most people are priced out of this. But not all. There is a fair percentage of people that find me that fit into this category and income guidelines. I get lots of contacts for things like this, and about 30-40% fit into it, and of that fraction a percentage actually qualify based off of credit, etc.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 10 years ago

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