Bank of America No Downpayment Loans...
Bank of America Tests No Downpayment Loans for Minority Communities.
Bank of America has launched a trial program for first time home buyers. Residents in select Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and Miami neighborhoods will be the first to be offered the program.
This trial includes zero down payment, zero closing cost mortgages to help grow homeownership among Black and Hispanic/Latino communities.
“Homeownership strengthens our communities and can help individuals and families to build wealth over time,” AJ Barkley, head of neighborhood and community lending for Bank of America, said in a release. “Our Community Affordable Loan Solution will help make the dream of sustained homeownership attainable for more Black and Hispanic families, and it is part of our broader commitment to the communities that we serve.”
The loans require no mortgage insurances, the additional fee typically charged to buyers who put down less than 20% of the purchase price — and no minimum credit score.
Instead, eligibility will be based on factors like timely rent payments and on-time utility bill, phone and auto insurance payments. Prospective buyers must also complete a homebuyer certification course provided by Bank of America and federally approved housing counseling partners before they apply for the loan program, the bank said.
Bank of America also has a 26-year relationship with the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), through which the Bank has committed to providing an additional $15 billion in mortgages to low-to-moderate income homebuyers through May 2027.
According to the National Association of Realtors, today there is a nearly 30-percentage-point gap in homeownership between White and Black Americans; for Hispanic buyers, the gap is nearly 20 percent. And the competitive housing market has made it even more difficult for potential homebuyers.