In Florida and a handful of other states, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will sell homes it owns for only a $100 downpayment, providing buyers meet certain conditions.
Buyers must plan to live in the home and pay full list price. They must also take out an FHA loan, and standard underwriting rules apply. FHA loans typically require a 3.5 percent downpayment.
The deal also helps buyers who want to buy a home that needs repairs. The $100 downpayment offer can also be applied to FHA’s 203k loans, which allow a buyer to borrow more than the list price and use the extra money to fix it up. By rolling the loan money plus fix-up costs into a single loan, buyers can pay it off over time with one monthly payment.
In most cases, HUD will also cover up to 3 percent of closing costs.