First-time Homebuyers

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It’s important to educate yourself and shop wisely when financing a home. Even a small difference in points, fees, payment type, or down payment requirements, can add up to thousands of dollars, affecting your monthly payment or ability to finance.

Some lenders have different names for their fees, and might even waive one fee while adding another. Meeting with a loan officer can help you compare your options and understand your choices to ensure you select the right mortgage for your needs.

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Owning a Home is More Affordable Than You Think

Are you paying $1,200 or more a month in rent? The reality is you could own a home and have a similar monthly payment. Home prices and interest rates are still at low levels This is the ideal time to become a homeowner.

It Makes Sense to Own

If your household income is $50,000 annually, a $150,000 home could be affordable with a 10% down payment. Your monthly payment on a $135,000, 30-year mortgage at a rate of 4.625% with an APR of 4.66% would be $1,202.39 (includes principal, interest, insurances, and taxes)—only a few dollars more than your current rent payment. Plus, homeowners enjoy tax advantages and equity growth in their home. Since taxes and home prices vary, your specific payment may be different. Other mortgage options are available with down payment options as low as 3%.

Why Rent When You Could Own?

Saving enough money for a down payment can be a hurdle for many first-time home buyers. That’s why HVFCU offers special programs to help first-time homebuyers. Consider this – you can buy a home responsibly with little or no money out of pocket. Some programs allow funds for closing costs and down payment to be in the form of gifts or for the seller to pay some or all of your closing costs. Other programs provide for down payment assistance. The opportunity for home ownership is closer than you think.

First Home Club Offers $4 in Grant Monies for Every $1

The First Home Club 2 is a matched savings program for prospective homebuyers in New York State. The program is financed by the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLB) and offers qualified first-time homebuyers the opportunity to earn $4 in grant monies for every $1 saved over a 10-to-24 month period.

Do I qualify?

You can participate in the First Home Club if you are a first-time homebuyer and your total monthly income is 80% or less than the area median income. To participate in the First Home Club with Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, you must live, work, worship, volunteer, or attend school in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster or Putnam County.

Am I a first-time homebuyer?

Anyone (alone or with his/her spouse) who has not owned a home in the last three years, or single parents and displaced homemakers who owned a home with a spouse within the last three years, are considered first-time homebuyers.

Can the First Home Club help me buy a house?

Yes. The First Home Club can help make your dream of homeownership a reality! When you enroll, you agree to save money in a dedicated savings account at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union for 10 to 24 months. The First Home Club subsidy grants $4 in matching funds for every $1 you save up to $7,500. So, if you save $78.13 a month for 24 months, you’ll have saved $1,875. The First Home Club can match your savings with up to another $7,500, giving you $9,375 towards your down payment and closing costs.

How can I get $500 off closing costs?

If you are receiving a FHLB First Home Club grant and finance with Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, you are also eligible for $500 off closing costs 4. Combine the $500 off closing costs with HVFCU’s low mortgage rates and the First Home Club matched savings to maximize the affordability of your home.

4 HVFCU will give a credit of $500 toward closing costs at closing. Member pays for all other fees and services at closing. Offer valid only for First Home Club participants who close on their mortgage no later than 30 months from the start of participation in the program. Offer cannot be used in combination with buy-down of interest rate and may not be combined with any other offers or discounts unless otherwise noted. Limit one offer per household per year. Offer may be withdrawn at anytime. Mortgages in NY only.

How do I get started?

You can get started by enrolling in the “Homebuyer Counseling Program.” This program is offered in:

  • Dutchess County through Hudson River Housing. Call them today at 845.454.9288.
  • Orange County through Orange County Rural Development Advisory Corporation (OCRDAC). Call them today at 845.524.4663.
  • Ulster County through the Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO). Call them today at 845.331.2140.

Why choose Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union?

Here’s what you get with a mortgage at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union:

  • Low mortgage rates
  • Free pre-approvals
  • No application fees
  • Fast turnaround
  • Low closing costs
  • No mortgage pre-payment/payoff penalties


Learn More About Home Buying From Industry Experts 3

The videos below provide additional insight into the home buying process.

Mortgage Financing Options

  • Cathy Kantrowitz, HVFCU Real Estate Processing Manager,
    talks about things you should consider when looking at financing
    options. Cathy also discusses the role a mortgage consultant can play.

Utilizing a Realtor

  • Bob Percesepe, a broker, discusses the benefits of utilizing a realtor.

The Role of the Home Inspector

  • Mike Christophides, an inspector, reviews the role
    of the home inspector and indicates that some
    upfront work can save you headaches down the road.

1 APR=Annual Percentage Rate. The APR stated is the fixed rate being offered as of 3/15/13 for the term indicated. The rate is subject to change and based on the date of the application. Your APR will vary based on your final loan amount and finance charges. The repayment schedule is based on this rate and term and is 360 payments of $4.6312 for every $1,000 borrowed.
Consult with your tax advisor regarding potential tax advantages.

2 Registration in the First Home Club does not guarantee approval of any mortgage through Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

3 The views and opinions expressed by Messrs. Percesepe and Christophides are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, nor should they be construed as an endorsement by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and do not in any way constitute a referral or endorsement by Messrs. Percesepe and Christophides.

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