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All IHDA programs require pre-purchase education. Click the Homebuyer Education Courses link to learn more.

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The Homebuying Process

We keep the process simple for homebuyers by partnering with local lenders across the state. IHDA loans do not take longer to close than a regular mortgage and offer very competitive interest rates. Here's a short video explaining the process:



How to Buy a Home - IHDA Mortgage Down Payment Assistance Programs
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Learning the programs is the first step.

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Opening Doors is a forgivable mortgage assistance program. Here's what this means for your purchase:

  • Repayment: The assistance does not need to be repaid (unless you sell or refinance before 5 years of ownership).

  • Forgiveness: The assistance is forgiven every month, meaning the balance is slowly reduced to zero over time until the 5 years have elapsed.

  • Assistance: You will receive $6,000 in assistance, which can be used to pay your down payment, closing costs, or both!

  • Loan Type: It is available with conventional, VA, FHA, or USDA loan types.

  • 1st Mortgage: All IHDA Mortgage programs come with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. This is what finances the majority of the home purchase. 

  • 2nd Mortgage: The assistance comes in the form of a second mortgage, and is known as a “silent 2nd” meaning you will not receive a statement or have to make monthly payments.

What happens if I sell or refinance before the 5 year forgiveness period?

  • You will need to repay the remaining unforgiven balance. For example, if you sold or refinanced 2.5 years into owning the home, you would need to repay $3,000. 

I'm not a first-time homebuyer, can I still be eligible for the program?

  • Yes! You can be a non-first time homebuyer, or a current homeowner and still use the program. You must occupy the new home as your primary residence within 60 days of close. If you retain another property, your loan officer will need to verify whether you can meet program guidelines while being obligated to two properties.

Main Requirements

IHDA Mortgage Programs require:

  • The purchase of a primary residence. You must be buying a primary residence, we cannot finance a vacation home or other property that will not be your primary residence within 60 days of close.

  • Borrower's credit score to be 640 or higher. Lenders use the "middle score" when making this determination, which means when they pull the scores from all three credit bureaus, the highest and lowest scores are set aside and the middle score is used to determine eligibility. If you're a homebuyer with a short credit history and have less than three scores, the lowest score (or only score) is used. 

  • Borrower's home to be purchased to be located anywhere in the State of Illinois.

  • Borrower's income and home purchase price to fall within the current income and purchase price limits. (It's ok if you're not sure, your lender will calculate this for you).

  • Borrower to contribute a minimum of 1% of the sale price or $1,000 (whichever is greater) towards the transaction. This can include items like earnest money, appraisal fees, pre-paid homeowners insurance, and sometimes gift funds (if allowed, talk to your loan officer to see if this is an option for you). 

  • Borrower's debt to income ratio (DTI) to be 50% or lower. This is the total of your revolving monthly debt, the amount of the your new housing payment (principal, interest, taxes and insurance), and items such as car payments, credit card bills, student loans, etc. divided by your gross monthly income (that's the amount before taxes are taken out). If you're not sure, your IHDA Approved Lender will calculate this for you. 

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Active Program Directory

Find a program that works for you! Select a program to learn more:


Opening Doors

A no monthly payment, forgivable down payment assistance loan, no repayment unless sold or refinanced before 5yr. forgiveness period.

Assistance Amount

Assistance Maximum

Flat $6k


Program Term Length

5 years

IHDAccess Forgivable

A no monthly payment, forgivable down payment assistance loan, no repayment unless sold or refinanced before 10 yr. forgiveness period.

Assistance Amount

Assistance Maximum



Program Term Length

10 years

IHDAccess Deferred

A no monthly payment, deferred down payment assistance loan, payment is due when you sell or refinance.

Assistance Amount

Assistance Maximum



Program Term Length

30 years

IHDAccess Repayable

A zero interest repayable down payment assistance loan, monthly repayment is required.

Assistance Amount

Assistance Maximum



Program Term Length

10 years

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DISCLAIMER: All program funding and availability is subject to change at any time, and is not guaranteed until the lender places a complete reservation with IHDA Mortgage. Potential borrowers must meet all applicable program guidelines and income/purchase price limits for the county the property is located in to be eligible. Detailed program guidelines and requirements can be found in the procedural guide posted in the IHDA Document Library

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