Homeownership


DC Open Doors

DC Open Doors makes homeownership in Washington, DC affordable by offering qualified buyers home purchase loans and down payment 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 homes in the District of Columbia. Qualified first-time and repeat buyers 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 down payment assistance loans (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.


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 $151,200
    • 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

*Subject to change without notice


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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Tue 01

The Best First Time Homebuyer Seminar in the DC Area

December 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC+0
Tue 01

Recovery Weekly Check-in with DMPED

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Tue 01

DC Open Doors Webinar

December 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm UTC+0
Tue 01
Wed 02

The Best First Time Homebuyer Seminar in the DC Area

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0

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Have a great Monday & last day of November! Here are today's interest rates: #mortgagerates #interestrates… https://t.co/YGk7jyL9wj
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- 1 day ago

Low, low mortgage rates make 19.4 million eligible for refi @HousingWire https://t.co/y9xwpyc9GL?
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- 5 days ago

The Brightwood housing market by the numbers @UrbanTurf_DC https://t.co/gviGke3aEg
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- 5 days ago

Here's how the housing industry can help younger home shoppers @HousingWire https://t.co/TTEH2refIY
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