Homeownership


DC Open Doors

DC Open Doors makes homeownership in Washington, D.C. affordable by offering qualified buyers home purchase loans, down payment and closing cost assistance. The program offers deferred repayable loans for a homebuyer’s minimum down payment requirement in addition to below-market interest rates for first trust mortgages for the purchase of a home in the District of Columbia. Qualified first-time and repeat homebuyers are eligible for the program. You can access DC Open Doors by working with one of our participating lenders who offer our mortgage loan products. Our participating lenders handle the entire mortgage loan process from application to settlement.

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Down Payment Assistance

We know your biggest obstacle to a home purchase can be the required minimum down payment so DC Open Doors offers a Down Payment Assistance Loan (DPAL) that bridge the financial gap between the purchase price of your home and your first trust mortgage loan. If you qualify, you can obtain a DPAL for the full amount of your required minimum down payment, substantially reducing your upfront out-of-pocket expense. Currently, DC Open Doors offers its DPAL in the form of a deferred 0% non-amortizing (no monthly payments) loan that is due a payable upon any one fo the following: thirty (30) years from the date of loan closing; sale or any transfer (by gift or otherwise) of the property to another person, business, or entity; property ceases to be your principal residence, or refinancing your first trust mortgage.


Closing Cost Grants

Qualified applicants can also receive up to $2,500 in closing cost assistance through DC Open Doors. Borrowers making 80 percent or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) can receive $1,500 in assistance, and borrowers earning 50 percent or less AMI can receive $2,500. Grants are payable toward closing costs on DC Open Doors HFA Advantage loans only. Grants are applicable for HFA Advantage loans with and without down payment assistance. The qualified homebuyer must be purchasing a home in the District of Columbia.


Eligibility & Requirements

Eligibility

  • Open to both first-time and repeat homebuyers
  • Open to all neighborhoods and wards
  • Open to both residents and non-residents of DC

Program Requirements

  • Minimum credit score of 640
  • Maximum income of $145,560
    • Income is based on BORROWER’s income ONLY (not household)
  • Maximum debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of 50% (max DTI for FHA loan is 45%)
  • Rates quoted with 0 points
  • $484,350 maximum 1st trust loan
    • No maximum sales price limit

Informational  Sessions

DC Open Doors hosts two monthly homebuyers’ informational sessions at DCHFA’s headquarters along with a participating lender and realtor.  The FREE sessions take place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, unless indicated in the schedule below. During the session the process of buying a home is explained from the perspective of the duties of a lender and the job of a real estate agent; combined with how the DC Open Doors program works within the overall home purchasing context. Our lending partners along with their real estate partners also host FREE seminars that take place outside of the Agency and feature DC Open Doors. All upcoming events can be viewed on the calendar below.

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Thu 12

Homebuyer Seminar | H Street

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0
Sat 14

Homebuyer Seminars | Saturday on the Hill

December 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
Mon 16

Homebuyer Webinar

December 16 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm UTC+0
Tue 17

DC First Time Homebuyer | Tenleytown

December 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Tue 17

First-Time Homebuyer Workshop

December 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0

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@DCOpenDoors

- 9 hours ago

There's only one week left until the last homebuyers seminar of 2019!! If you're already thinking about the home yo… https://t.co/xYu4uuzDJ9
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- 11 hours ago

Happy Wednesday! Here are today's interest rates: #mortgagerates #interestrates #affordablehousing #homeownership… https://t.co/eINxvciwmK
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- 1 day ago

RT @FreddieMac: While Gen Z estimates that they’ll become homeowners by age 30, they currently see home prices, saving for a down payment a…
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- 1 day ago

The next DC Open Doors seminar at @DCHFA is on Wednesday, December 18 at 6 p.m. Join @CJMortgage and DCHFA's Busine… https://t.co/MqoFOizk86
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Have a good Tuesday! Here are today's interest rates: #mortgagerates #interestrates #affordablehousing… https://t.co/oPY3EBmjnr
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