The Housing Finance Authority of Broward County has launched a Mortgage Credit Certificate Program to help reduce home loan financing costs for qualified homeowners in Broward County.
The Mortgage Credit Certificate program entitles qualified applicants to a federal income tax credit in an amount of up to $2,000 annually. This enables qualified owners or buyers, who owe federal income taxes, to benefit from a dollar-for-dollar reduction of their tax bills. Additionally the homeowner will continue to receive the tax credit each year they continue to live in the home financed under the program.
The Mortgage Credit Certificate is not a mortgage; however, it may be used in conjunction with a first mortgage from a participating lender (except a mortgage revenue bond loan.) Borrowers must meet normal mortgage underwriting requirements, which demonstrate credit worthiness, and meet the program's income and home purchase price requirements.
New Loan Requirements
Except in the case of a loan to refinance a Qualified Subprime Loan, an MCC cannot be issued in conjunction with the acquisition or replacement of an existing loan or mortgage; however, an MCC can be used in conjunction with the replacement of construction period loans or bridge loans of a temporary nature. Construction period or bridge loans must be for no longer than 24 months. The Participant must obtain from the Applicant, via the Program documents, a statement to the effect that the loan being made in connection with the MCC will not be used to acquire or replace an existing mortgage or land contract, subject to the exceptions outlined above.
See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more program details.