What is the Madison
American Dream Downpayment Initiative?
The purpose of the Madison American Dream Downpayment Initiative is to increase homeownership opportunities by providing loan assistance to homebuyers for down payment and closing costs. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The homebuyer should contact a lender to initiate the first mortgage application. The homebuyer must inform the lender that they are interested in applying for the Madison American Dream Downpayment funding. If the homebuyer qualifies for the first mortgage loan, the lender will submit the appropriate documentation to the City of Madison Community Development Office. The Community Development Office will contact the homebuyer to begin the Madison American Dream Downpayment loan process.
The loan will be a long-term deferred loan. The loan will become a second mortgage on the property.
The loan assistance will range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of 6% of the purchase price, not to exceed $10,000.
Homebuyers can buy a single-family dwelling, a condominium or half of a duplex located within the City of Madison.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has established the maximum home purchase price as $223,250.
Eligible homebuyers must meet the income guidelines listed below and are defined as one of the following:
Income Guidelines: Gross annual household income may not exceed 80% of the area median income limits as published annually by HUD.
There is no minimum cash down payment requirement.
The repayment is due and payable to the City of Madison at the time the property is sold, transferred or ceases to be the primary residence of the family.
There is no interest rate on the ADDI loan. The repayment amount will be the original loan amount or the original loan amount plus a proportional share of appreciation based on the percentage of assistance provided by the City, whichever is greater.
All properties require a home inspection verifying that the home meets the City of Madison Minimum Housing and Property Maintenance Code and an environmental review performed by Community Development Office staff. All properties built prior to 1978 require a lead paint inspection as well. The Community Development Office contracted inspector will perform all inspections.
The homebuyer must complete an approved first-time homebuyer education course or a homebuyer study guide. A training certificate must be submitted to the Community Development Office prior to receiving funding.
Homebuyer education courses are offered through:
Combining funds from more than one down payment and closing cost loan program will be allowed; however, the Madison American Dream Downpayment loan must be recorded in second lien position. Programs in which American Dream Downpayment cannot be used due to that regulation include City of Madison's Home Buyer Assistance (HBA) and WHEDA Easy Close Advantage.
For more information about the Madison American Dream Downpayment program, please contact: