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Homeownership

New research shows path to affordable, sustainable homeownership

A recent report from researchers at Ohio State University and Fannie Mae describes new evidence of ways to extend homeownership sustainably.  Lower income households seeking to purchase homes face many barriers including lack of wealth for down payment.  Further, “after purchasing a home, lower income homeowners are often at higher risk of default due to unaffordable mortgage terms, higher loan-to-value ratios, and fragile household balance

Homeownership rate increases, but first-time buyers face barriers

The annual report on housing from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) reveals that although homeownership rates are beginning to climb, young adults are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to buy their first home. The report found that from 1990 to 2016 the median home price rose 41 percent faster than overall inflation, outpacing wage growth during the same period. Homeownership rates among young adults today are lower than they were before the recession.

2017 Annual Report video

VHFA had a great 2017!

Learn how to maintain, protect and enjoy your home!

If you own a home please join Champlain Housing Trust for this educational Homeowner University.  Learn how to maximize your biggest investment, your home.  Learn how to maintain, manage and protect your home and how to plan and pay for improvements.  Check out the schedule for the day and enroll today!

 

When?

April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

 

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Vermont House approves expanding popular VHFA down payment assistance program

Last week the Vermont House approved H. 922 which includes provisions from an earlier bill (H.766) that expands VHFA’s Down Payment Assistance Program. The bill is now passed over to the Senate and earlier this week was read and referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. Since the DPA program started in 2015, demand among qualified first-time home buyers has been twice what can be funded through the Vermont Affordable Housing Tax Credit, the program’s designated funding source. 

House Commerce Committee approves expanding VHFA down payment assistance program

H.R. 766, the bill that includes an expansion of  VHFA’s Down Payment Assistance Program, was approved by the Vermont House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development last week.  Since the program started in 2015, demand among qualified first-time home buyers has been twice what can be funded through the Vermont Affordable Housing Tax Credit, the program’s designated funding source. 

First-time home buyer testifies about importance of Vermont Down Payment Assistance Program

Yesterday, Ryan Rush-Booth, a Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) borrower who lives in Stamford, VT, testified at the State House in support of doubling VHFA’s Down Payment Assistance program funding. Rush-Booth works in IT at Southwestern VT Medical Center. When they first moved to Vermont six years ago, Ryan, his wife, and their two young children moved in with family because they could not find affordable housing.

Want to buy a home? Attend an upcoming home buyer seminar.

Interested in purchasing a home and want to learn more about the process?  Join one of these fun and informative seminars and learn about buying a home from industry experts (lenders, real estate agents, real estate attorneys, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency and homeownership professionals).  Light refreshment provided at each event.

 

Wednesday, February 28 (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm) Woodchuck Cider in Middlebury

Learn about the homebuying process

Buying a home is a complex process and often one of the largest financial investments made by a consumer in their lifetime.  Homebuyer education provides consumers with valuable insight and tools to better navigate the home purchase process.  The Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) requires homebuyer education and counseling for all consumers obtaining a VHFA loan to ensure that every consumer is well-informed and prepared for homeownership.

Vermont Bankers Association 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Conference

The Vermont Bankers Association (VBA)  is hosting the 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Conference on Wednesday March 7, 2018 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Montpelier.  VHFA is a proud sponsor of this event that is open to men, women and all levels of staff at any VBA member institution.

The conference provides an opportunity for all VBA member participants to network with colleagues and business leaders as well as learn about emerging industry topics. 

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