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The Karr Team
RMLO NMLS 230983
NMLS #: 1200324
Terri Karr: (972) 989-4329
Sidney Karr: (817) 917-2266
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Rockwall, TX 75032
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Down Payment Assistance

Home Mortgage Loan Special Programs

Saving for a down payment is difficult, and many would-be homebuyers have found themselves blocked out of the market because of their lack of savings. Fortunately, Texas is home to several programs that can offset down payment and closing costs and help more Americans achieve their dream of homeownership.

What to Know

There are typically two types of down payment assistance programs: those that offer aid in the form of grants and those that use second liens. Considered gifts, grants do not have to be repaid by the buyer at any point. Second liens must be paid back in full when the home is sold or refinanced. Interest rates on second liens are fixed for 30 years.

In order to be eligible for down payment assistance, you will have to meet certain requirements regarding income, family size, and location.

Heroes and Educators

Homes for Texas Heroes offers an FHA loan to buyers who are public servants or educators. In addition to a fixed interest rate, the program offers down payment and closing cost assistance, up to 5 percent of the mortgage loan amount, in the form of a grant.

To be eligible, you must be a full-time paid:

  • Firefighter
  • Police officer
  • EMS employee
  • Public security officer
  • County jailer
  • Juvenile corrections officer
  • Allied health or nursing faculty member
  • K-12 educator
  • Teacher’s aide
  • School librarian
  • School nurse
  • School counselor

Learn more about the Homes for Texas Heroes program at TSAHC.org.

Current, Previous, and First-Time Homebuyers

There are also several home loan programs that offer competitive interest rates to eligible homebuyers. In addition to a fixed interest rate, these programs offer down payment and closing cost assistance in amounts ranging from 4 to 5 percent of the mortgage loan in the form of either a second lien or a grant. Contact a Premier loan officer to see if you’re eligible for one of these programs.

Mortgage Credit Certificate

A Mortgage Credit Certificate, or MCC, gives eligible homebuyers a tax credit for a portion of their annual mortgage interest. This is capped at $2,000 per year and is available for every year you occupy the home as your principal residence. An MCC could save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.

The program may be right for you if you:

  • Meet certain income and home purchase requirements
  • Have not owned a home as a primary residence in the past three years
  • Meet the qualifying requirements of the mortgage loan
  • Plan to use the home as your principal/primary residence

The MCC is a nonrefundable tax credit, so you must have a tax liability in order to take advantage of it. For more information on special loan and down payment assistance programs, get in touch with a Premier Nationwide Lending loan expert now.

Residential Mortgage Loan Originators

TERRI KARR AND SIDNEY KARR – a dynamic mother/daughter duo bringing their clients the perfect mix of education, product knowledge, and generations of mortgage expertise. Their seamless process will make the home buying experience less complicated and overwhelming; delivering their clients a “World Class” mortgage experience on time and on budget EVERY TIME! Terri, a graduate of Baylor University with a BBA in accounting, has been in the real estate and real estate lending business for over a quarter of a century. To date, Terri has helped nearly 3000 clients with their mortgage on personal homes, vacation homes and investment properties. When not working on the perfect mortgage experience for their clients, Terri enjoys yoga and being an active member and foster for Lone Star Bulldog Club Rescue. In addition, she serves on the executive board of the Disciples Women of First Christian Church Rockwall where she also participates in the hand bell choir. Terri is recognized as a member of The Producer’s Council at Premier Nationwide Lending. She has also been featured in Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the Five Star Mortgage Professionals in the state of Texas. She was honored as one of the company’s Top Producing Loan Officers every year since 2012. Sidney graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in May of 2014. She decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and pursue a career in the mortgage industry. She received her NMLS license shortly after graduating and has become quite a powerful part of the team with an in-depth knowledge of specialty programs and credit restoration. As an accomplished equestrian with over 14 World Championship titles, Sidney has a true passion for animals. When she is not helping the team provide an exceptional mortgage experience to their clients, she likes to spend her time with her pets which include a Great Dane, English Bulldog, and two cats. She also enjoys spending time cooking for her friends and family, as well as providing therapy services with her Great Dane. Sidney is a deacon of the First Christian Church in Rockwall where she also participates in the hand bell choir. Let our generations of Mortgage Experience serve your family for generations!


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