MHFA Loans Start Up Down Payment Assistance Program MN


Getting approved for a MN Down Payment Assistance program may seem overwhelming for many first time home buyers... But it really isn't


Simply call our Loan Experts at (651) 552-3681, or fill out a full online application. We will review your application, zero in on the best loan for you, then contact you to discuss your options, all with NO COST and NO obligations whatsoever.


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You must meet the following household income eligibility guidelines. This is all income for those living in the home, not just whoever is applying for the loan.  Current as of 9/15/2014

  AREA 1-2 people 3+ people
Metro $82,900 $95,335
Rochester Area $81,300 $$93,495
Balance of State $73,900 $84,985




The home must cost less than the following:


Home Costs / Loan Limits
11 County Metro Area Balance of State
$310,000 $265,000


STEP THREE - Determine which type of down payment assistance you can obtain.


There are two down payment assistance options.

  • A deferred loan, where there are no payments due, and no interest due today. The loan must be paid back when you sell or no longer occupy the home. This option requires additional income limits (see below)
  • A monthly payment loan. You must begin paying this loan back immediately, amortized over a 10-year period. This option is available to everyone who qualifies for the MHFA program.


Your income must be at or below these income limits for the deferred down payment assistance option. (as of 9/15/2014)

Household Size 11-County Twin Cities Metro Area* Rochester MSA** Balance of State

1-4 Person




5 Person




6 Person




7 Person




8 Person




9 Person




10 Person





STEP FOUR - Down Payment Loan Options


View the three assistance qualification options below:


Key Features

Monthly Payment Loan

Deferred Payment Loan


Loan Amount

Up to the great of $5000 or 5% of the purchase or refinance price Up to the greater of  $5000 or 5% of the purchase price (max $7500) Up to the great of $5000 or 5% or $5,000 of purchase price. Up to $10,000 total based on special needs

Loan Term

10-year term Equal to first mortgage term Equal to first mortgage term
Borrower Contribution Borrower must contribute $1,000 or 1% of the purchase price, whichever is less Borrower must contribute $1,000 or 1% of the purchase price, whichever is less Borrower must contribute $1,000 or 1% of the purchase price, whichever is less


Amortizing loan.  Requires a monthly payment repaid in equal payments beginning right away Deferred payment.  Does not require monthly payments, but must be paid in full upon satisfaction of first mortgage Deferred payment. 50% of the loan forgiven after sixth year of owner occupancy.  50% repaid at end of loan term

Interest Rate

Equal to first mortgage rate Interest-free Interest-free

Income Limits

Use Start Start Up/Mortgage Credit Certificate/Step Up/Monthly Payment Loan Income Limits Deferred Payment Loan income limits (see above) HOME HELP Loan income limits

Homebuyer Education

Required Required Required

First-time Homebuyer Requirement

No Yes Yes

Available with which Minnesota Housing first mortgage program(s)?

  • Start Up
  • MCC (with First Mortgage)
  • Step Up
Start Up Start Up from a Minnesota Housing lender approved to offer HOME HELP

STEP FIVE - APPLY for your  Down Payment Assistance Loan in MN


Appling is super easy.  Call our office at (651) 552-3681, or start by filling out the easy online mortgage application. We will review your application, determine what, if anything you qualify for, write you a pre-approval letter, and get you connected with a great Real Estate Agent to start searching for your dream home!


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