Prospective home buyers or real estate agents using the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service website, intermountainmls.com, can now click on a link to find the home buyer assistance programs available for each listing.
The assistance includes programs available through Neighborhood Housing Services and the
"We hope more potential homebuyers will come to our site and see what opportunities may be available for their situation," said
The service is provided by Down Payment Resources, an
The Down Payment Resource link takes you to a list of the programs the property already qualifies for. Prospective homebuyers enter some information into the website to see if they qualify for additional programs based on their income, occupation or other criteria.
The Down Payment Resource link takes users to a page asking for some basic, personal information, including their name, contact information and household income. Once users submit information, Down Payment Resource sends an email with information about the home buyer programs available. A real estate agent will call or email depending on the user's preference offering to talk through the program options.
Nonprofits and federal and state agencies offer dozens of homebuyer assistance programs, Down Payment Resource spokeswoman
"That's why Down Payment even exists," Shell said. "It's always been a challenge for home buyers to connect with the wide variety of programs out there."
About 87 percent of Intermountain MLS residential listings are eligible for at least one home buyer assistance program, according to the listing service. Lower-priced homes tend to qualify for more programs, but Manship said he's seen homes priced up to
Programs that Down Payment Resources will spotlight on Intermountain MLS listings include:
' City of Boise Affordable Home Ownership Program -- Moderate Income: Provides up to
' IHFA Good Credit Rewards Down Payment and
' Neighborhood Housing Services of Boise/City of Boise Broker Product: Provides up to
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