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Down Payment Assistance Program:

Forgivable Community Second Loan to help buyers with limited funds

Government & Conventional

Are you ready to buy your dream home but still missing enough savings for a down payment? We can help!

PROGRAM UPDATE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19: Due to recent pandemic events affecting the stability of our lives, creating uncertainty in our financial markets and thus impacting its liquidity negatively, this program is now suspended and therefore not available.


So, you make the income, can afford the monthly payment, have saved some money, but need help with down payment and closing costs?

You are in the right place. Clear Lending can help you obtain Down Payment Assistance regardless of whether you are a First Time Home Buyer or not!

The Down Payment Assistance Program provides the maximum amount of 6% based on the final loan amount in the form of a forgivable community second loan. Funds can be used toward your down payment and closing costs. Under this program, you would be able to choose amongst a 30-year fixed-rate FHA, VA, USDA, and Conventional mortgage loan, whichever you can qualify. In case you wonder about the mortgage loan you would be getting, there is no pre-payment penalty or federal recapture tax for the mortgage loan.

Please note currently Clear Lending offers this program only in the following counties:

- Harris County
- Fort Bend County
- Brazoria County
- Galveston County
- Montgomery County and,
- Liberty County

Another essential requirement to obtain our Down Payment Assistance Program is that it requires our preferred real estate office from HoustonDesignHomes.com to negotiate the purchase and, thus, the contract of the chosen house.

Our preferred agents are experienced Texas Real Estate Commission Licensed Sales Agents knowledgeable about the entire process. From the home search process to complete purchase contract documents, inspection, and closing, our agents will guide you, giving peace of mind for a successful experience. Once you apply online will provide you with a detailed explanation about the process.

The following are some essential details about the Down Payment Assistance Program:

- No First Time Homebuyer Requirement. Down Payment Assistance applicant can own another property.
- The applicant must be buying a new Primary Residence only.
- Non-Occupant Borrowers are OK.
- Property types can only be 1-4 Single Family Residence, Townhouse/Condo.
- Minimum FICO Score of 600 for the FHA and VA mortgage loans
- Minimum FICO Score of 620 for the USDA and Conventional mortgage loans.
- Maximum Sales Price on FHA Loan: $ 331,760
- Max Sales Price on VA, USDA, and Conventional Loan: $510,400
- Borrowers will need to meet maximum Program Income Limits.
- Complete online Homebuyer Education Class. The class must be completed before you purchase your home.

Do not wait any longer, and let's start the process to buy your dream home and apply for Down Payment Assistance.

If you need more information about Down Payment Assistance Programs in Houston, Clear Lending can help you. Simply complete our secure and encrypted Pre-Approval Form online, and we will contact you right away to review the best options for you.

Not all applicants will qualify. This advertisement is not an offer for an extension of credit. Please meet with a licensed loan originator for more information as programs are available only to qualified borrowers. Programs rates, fees, terms, and programs are subject to change without notice. Not all loans, loan sizes, or products may apply. Loans are subject to borrower qualifications, including income, property evaluation, sufficient equity in the home to meet loan-to-value requirements, and final credit approval. Approvals are subject to underwriting guidelines and program guidelines and are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions may apply.

Customers Reviews:

  • Beatriz Gonzalez • September 08, 2015

    Buenísimo Loan Officer!!!!!!! SUPER RECOMENDADO, gracias por hacer lo imposible posible; gracias por todo tu tiempo, apoyo y consejos. Excelente persona siempre tratando de ayudar y hacer más fácil el proceso. Siempre al pendiente y tratando de encontrar la mejor opción. La verdad nunca pensé que nos prestaran el dinero para comprar la casa y Joan lo consiguió!!!!!! Gracias por todas tus atenciones. Saludos Beatriz Gonzalez.


  • Samantha Villarreal • January 25, 2018

    Joan Gallardo, Elena, and the rest of the team at Clear Lending really impressed me from the beginning! They are the most honest, ethical, humble, and hardworking team I have ever come across. They are the true experts in the home mortgage/ lending industry. I met Joan after being jerked around by Quicken Loans for 2 months. Quicken tried to screw me over so bad with fees thinking I was not going to read any documents. They are pure scum! I was days away from closing when Quicken told me "Not everyone can afford a home". Then I called and spoke with Joan and within an hour, he told me that a home purchase was definitely doable. Being a first time home buyer, I was very nervous about the whole process, and more so having to go through it a second time. However, Joan worked tirelessly, like I've never seen before. He explained everything to me in detail and always answered when I called; something that is very important in my eyes. There was never any gimmicks, just truth. He was always optimistic even when I was down and feeling hopeless. The exceptional service that Joan and Clear Lending provided me was just beyond what words can explain. They definitely think of every single option before giving any glimpse of negativity. Clear Lending was able to get my debt to income approved and the bank to approve my loan; All in 1 month! One major hurdle that Joan assisted me with was with my employment. The day of my closing, I got word that I was laid off. I thought the deal was dead and I was going to lose all the money I had already put down. It was one of the worst possible things that could happen. I had given up! I had no hope! I could not close on that day, but Joan went as far as speaking with the bank, and seller's realtor to extend the contract. Once extended, I was blessed enough to find another job (same industry) the very next week and with a strong Verification of Employment, I was able to close on my home AND with a low interest rate that no one else can beat! I truly feel blessed to have worked with Joan and Clear Lending. Joan and the rest of the staff wholeheartedly care about their clients. I would not think twice about referring Joan and Clear Lending to anyone. I will forever remember the hard work and dedication Joan provided to me. With gratitude and so much appreciation, I want to thank everyone at Clear Lending. I am officially a home owner! And it's all because of your outstanding work ethic.

  • Hector Cueva • June 18, 2018

    After being denied by my credit union for a VA loan I search for someone local in the Houston area. I'm glad I found Joan, Jaqui and the whole team. They good people will take care of you never rush you in the process always guide you trough the whole process from getting a mortgage searching for a house to closing on the house. After four months of searching I'm a first time home buyer and the whole process was smooth even though I was outside of Houston, thanks to Joan and the team.

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