Iowa Finance Authority

Down Payment Assistance Programs 

The Iowa Finance Authority offers a variety of down payment and closing cost assistance to help home buyers. The grant and second loan options are available through FirstHome and Homes for Iowans and the respective programs' eligibility requirements apply. 

FirstHome  - Down Payment Assistance Options 

1. FirstHome Plus Grant: $2,500  
2. Loan: Up to $5,000*  NEW!

Homes for Iowans - Down Payment Assistance Options 
1. Homes for Iowans Plus Grant: $2,500
2. 2nd Loan: Up to $5,000*  NEW! 
*The loan can be up to 5% of the sale price of the home or $5,000, (whichever is less) and is repayable at the time of sale or refinance.

The Freddie Mac HFA Advantage down payment assistance is now available to assist eligible home buyers.

  • $2,500 in down payment and closing cost assistance is available to home buyers with incomes of 50% of the Area Median Income or less
  • $1,500 in down payment and closing cost assistance is available to home buyer’s with household income between 50.01% - 80% of the Average Median Income

View Freddie Mac HFA Advantage product information and program eligibity here


  FirstHome Homes for Iowans
Household Income Limit See here $121,800
Home Purchase Price Limit $271,000 $331,000
Must be a First-Time Home Buyer Yes No

Use our eligibility quick check to see if you may be eligible.

 *First-Time Home Buyer Status:
Must be a first-time home buyer (Defined as not owning your primary residence in the last three years).
Be a military veteran with discharge of other than dishonorable and not previously used a mortgage revenue bond program such as FirstHome previously to finance a home purchase.
Purchase a home in a Targeted Area (please use the eligibility quick check tool to determine if you're purchasing in a Targeted Area).  

 Other Eligibility Factors 

  • The home must be occupied by the borrower as a primary residence within 60 days of closing.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to repay the loan and have an acceptable credit history.
  • All loans subject to a minimum 640 credit score* and a maximum debt to income ratio of 45%**
  • Borrower’s are limited to one-time use of the FirstHome Plus and Homes for Iowans Plus programs.

* For cases where borrower has no credit score, non-traditional credit documentation allowed in accordance with agency guidelines for the loan type.

**Note: These are minimum requirements; a higher credit score and/or a lower debt to income ratio may be required in some circumstances. Follow agency guidelines for loan type.

 Application Process 
The Iowa Finance Authority mortgage programs provide Iowa home buyers with all the benefits of our mortgage financing programs as well as the convenience of working with a local lender.

  • Interested home buyers must apply for this financing by contacting an IFA Participating Lender
  • The IFA Participating Lender takes the loan application, collects verification of eligibility and funds the loan and grant at closing. 
  • After closing, the lender provides all the necessary documentation to IFA to secure reimbursement of the grant funds and for delivery and purchase into the program. 

 Recapture Tax 

  • Borrowers who buy their homes using the FirstHome or FirstHome Plus Homebuyer Programs may be subject to recapture tax.  

    Borrowers repay the government a portion of their gain on the sale of their home, depending on (1) whether there is a gain on the sale, (2) the household income at the time of sale, and (3) if the sale occurs within nine years of buying the home. Recapture Tax is paid directly to the IRS when filing taxes for the year in which the home is sold.

    Nothing in the Recapture Tax provisions should prevent borrowers from using IFA's FirstHome or FirstHome Plus Homebuyer Programs. 

    For IFA FirstHome or FirstHome Plus Loans closed on or after November 14, 2011, if you are required to pay a Recapture Tax to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), IFA will reimburse you for the actual amount of the Recapture Tax paid to the IRS.  Please consult the IRS or a tax professional with any Federal Recapture Tax questions. 

Notice Available Funds
Effective 1.23.20
Military Homeownership Assistance (MHOA)0

Mortgage Credit Certificate allocation: $19,370,671
Our regular down payment assistance programs have funds available on a consistent basis
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