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Must Have Info For Home Buyers in Michigan

As a home buyer, it's incredibly important for you to understand how the home buying process works. You'll also need to become familiar with your financing options to determine which program is best for your first purchase. Regardless of your credit score, a good lender will be able to thoroughly explain your options first and then help you choose the program that best suits your specific home buying needs.

Are You Buying a Home in Michigan? Consider this...

Buying your first house can be very exciting but it can also turn into a nightmare within an instant. The main catalyst for this nightmare scenario is not getting an accurate estimate on the costs associated with the  financing.

Most programs will require some form of down payment. However, some home buyer programs provide assistance for buyers using grants. Even if a deposit isn't required, you will still have fees associated with the transaction. Depending on the property and the time it is purchased, these fees can total thousands of dollars.

Michigan First Time Home Buyer TipsUnfortunately, a lot of lenders use estimates for common costs like property taxes, homeowners insurance, and tax prorations. These estimates can be off by thousands and can cause two potential problem scenarios.

The first being if the lender estimates these too high and you don't have enough verified funds to close. This will cause issues with your time line and potentially get you a denial letter. This may prevent you from buying the home you want for no good reason other then the broker being lazy and using estimates to do bad math.

The second scenario is if the broker estimates too low causing you to bring more money to close than you anticipated. This scenario is more common and can really make things hard on a home buyer.

The worst part about this second scenario is that it happens at the worst time for the buyer. You don't really find out if your lender used estimates until maybe a week before closing. Imagine finding out four days prior to buying your home that you need an additional $1,000 or $2,000 dollars to close. This causes a lot of unnecessary stress about where this extra money will come and forces the buyer to wonder why it wasn't disclosed before.

Both of these home buyer scenarios can be avoided by working with, and getting pre-approved by, a good reputable company. Fortunately, if you're reading this, you've found one in Michigan Mortgage Solutions as we've been providing help for home buyers in Michigan since 1998.



If you're a home buyer and you'd like to get pre-approved the right way and avoid the two scenarios above, call (248) 674-6450 right now or simply click the button above. Also, for more information on home buyer programs in Michigan, see below.

Home Buyer Programs

There are several great assistance programs for home buyers and each one has it's own unique features. I've laid out the fundamentals of each of the home buyers assistance programs below as well as informational links to each program's specific guidelines and other useful information like the minimum credit scores required as well as the grants that are offered.

Conventional Financing - Perfect For High Credit Borrowers


  • 3% minimum down payment

  • Michigan max loan - $417,000

  • 660 minimum credit score

  • Seller can pay 3% of purchase price toward buyers closing


FHA Loans  - Great For Marginal Credit

Michigan FHA Loans

  • Low down payment

  • 580 minimum credit score

  • Michigan max loan - $271,050

  • FHA approved condos eligible

  • Entire Down payment can be a gift, or from state assistance programs or grants

  • Seller can pay 6% of purchase price toward buyers closing

  • Must be your primary residence

USDA Rural Development Loan - 100% Financing Programs For Michigan

Michigan USDA Loans

  • Zero down

  • 620 minimum credit score

  • Property must be located in targeted rural area. Check property eligibility. Email admin@michiganmortgagesolutions.com with the property address if you want us to first check the homes eligibility.

  • Income restrictions apply. Check income eligibility.

  • Lowest Private Mortgage Insurance Available at this time for the Michigan Buyer

  • Seller can pay 6% of purchase price toward buyers closing -  no need for grants

  • Must be your primary residence

  • Cannot own another residence

VA Loans

Michigan VA Loans

  • Zero down - no need for grants

  • Great fixed rate programs for veteran buyers or active duty military personnel in Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Reserve buyers eligible with 6 years service.

  • 620 minimum credit score

  • No PMI

  • No maximum limit

  • Seller can pay 6% of purchase price toward closing cost assistance

  • Must be your primary residence

 FHA Streamline 203k Renovation Financing


  • Repairs which range from $5,000-$35,000+ may be included in the transaction.

  • Great programs to provide assistance to fix up foreclosures.

  • Visit 203K  for more details on Streamline 203k programs

  • Must be your primary residence



State Assistance Programs



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