If you're in the market to purchase a home and need help with a down payment and closing costs, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) can help. OHFA offers 30-year, fixed-rate conventional, FHA, VA and USDA-RD government loans with generous income and purchase price limits, designed especially for homebuyers with low- and moderate-incomes.

Your Choice! Down Payment Assistance allows homebuyers to choose either 2.5% or 5% of the home's purchase price. Assistance can be applied towards down payments, closing costs or other pre-closing expenses. This assistance is forgiven after seven years. If you sell or refinance your home within seven years, you must repay all of the assistance provided.


Am I Eligible?

You may qualify for an OHFA homebuyer program if you meet the criteria listed below:

  • You meet income and purchase price limits.
  • You meet credit score requirements.
    • Conventional, USDA, VA and FHA 203(k) Loans: 640 or higher
    • FHA Loans (Non-203(k)): 660 or higher. Credit scores of 650-659 are acceptable for an additional fee.
  • You meet debt to income ratios for your loan type.

Homebuyer Education

Qualified buyers are required to complete free homebuyer education. OHFA's streamlined education program allows you to complete a course offered by any U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved counseling agency in Ohio. Please note, OHFA homebuyer education is not completed until after homebuyer has submitted their loan application with their loan officer. Homebuyer Education is not required for borrowers who are only registered for our MTC Basic program.


How Do I Apply?

OHFA works with lenders, credit unions and mortgage companies across the state. Find an OHFA-approved lender in your area, along with tips to help you with the application process, or call us toll-free at 888.362.6432.