Misconception: AHFC’s homebuyer education course, HomeChoice™ is required for ALL AHFC loans.
Fact: Homebuyer education is required when a borrower utilizes the Interest Rate Reduction Low Income Borrower (IRRLIB) add-on option,AHELP loans in conjunction with partner agencies, and when the conventional down payment (5 percent) is paid through the use of gift funds. Homebuyers are encouraged to complete HomeChoice™ early in the homebuying process to maximize the course’s benefit and become empowered buyers. Research shows buyers who participate in homebuyer education have lower delinquency and foreclosure rates.
Misconception: AHFC requires all repairs listed in a home inspection to be completed.
Fact: Your AHFC lending partner will decide which repairs must be completed prior to closing.
Misconception: AHFC mortgage loans are not assumable.
Fact: All AHFC loans are assumable. By qualifying and assuming the seller’s outstanding mortgage debt and remaining term, the buyer may find an assumption to have more attractive interest rates than current markets offer. At the same time, a seller may see benefits with an assumption as they have sold their home with an attractive loan marketing feature otherwise not available to the buyer.
Misconception: Refinancing is not possible if you owe more money than the home is currently worth in today’s market.
Fact: AHFC’s streamline refinance program would assist in this scenario and omits many of the standard loan requirements needed for a traditional refinance; therefore, making it quicker and less costly.
Misconception: AHFC’s commitment fee costs a lot of money.
Fact: Regardless of whether your credit score is 620 or 850, AHFC’s 60 day urban commitment fee remains the same at .250% of the loan amount. This amount is generally less than loan level pricing adjustments (LLPA) commonly found with either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
Misconception: AHFC only serves homebuyers and people seeking public housing.
Fact: AHFC’s list of resources for Alaskans stretches from energy improvement programs to educational opportunities and from traditional loan programs to renovation loans and refinancing options. Please visit our website to learn more about all we do: www.ahfc.us
Misconception: AHFC's interest rates are not competitive and the lowest interest rate always provides the best deal for the buyer.
Fact: AHFC’s single family interest rates change daily and can be found here: www.ahfc.us/buy/resources/current-rates/. A wise homebuyer looks at the entire loan package, including all loan features, fees and servicing options before selecting their 15 or 30 year commitment.
Misconception: AHFC’s loan programs are best for everyone.
Fact: AHFC’s programs may not be right for every borrower. AHFC takes considerable pride in educating prospective homebuyers through HomeChoice™ with the information they need to be well informed and successful throughout what may be the largest financial transaction of their lives.