PHFA Provides Low Interest Loans To PA 1st Home Purchasers

Special Loan Program For 1st Time Buyers In PA

If you’re looking to purchase your first residence in Pennsylvania but find yourself at a loss as to where to turn for a mortgage loan, you need not worry. First time home buyer loans in Pennsylvania are provided by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). Not only do they provide below-market rates on your mortgage loan, they also provide other hefty programs for 1st time home buyers.


Pennsylvania First Time Home Buyer Loans
Pennsylvania First Time Home Buyer Loans

Here are some details on PHFA’s loan program:

Assistance Loans available with Home Purchase Loans

The program that is best for you will depend on your specific circumstances, such as your credit history and amount of cash savings, as well as your individual preferences. A PHFA approved homebuyer education provider or participating lender can help you decide.

The Keystone Advantage Assistance Loan Program provides a second mortgage loan to help with the costs associated with the purchase of a home. Qualified borrowers can receive up to four percent (4%) of the purchase price or market value or $6,000 (whichever is less) in downpayment and closing cost assistance to be repaid monthly. The assistance loan will be amortized over a ten year term at zero percent (0%) interest.

The Keystone Advantage Assistance can be used in conjunction with the following PHFA first mortgage home purchase loan programs:

  • HFA Preferred™(Lo MI),
  • HFA Preferred Risk Sharing™(No MI),
  • Keystone Government Loan, or
  • Keystone Home loan (FHA, VA, or RD loan types only).

Eligibility Requirements

Buyers must meet the requirements of the applicable PHFA first mortgage program, and must also meet the requirements associated with the Keystone Advantage Program which are listed below:

  1. The Keystone Advantage Assistance requires all borrowers to have a minimum credit score of 660.
  2. Assistance can only be used for the minimum required downpayment and/or closing costs.
  3. The minimum loan amount is $500.
  4. Borrower(s) liquid assets may not be greater than $50,000 after deducting the funds needed to close on the loan. This includes cash and funds in checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit and similar liquid accounts. Funds from retirement accounts such as 401(k)s, IRAs and pension funds will only be considered if they can be withdrawn without a penalty due to borrower meeting age requirement and/or being retired.

For complete details on this loan, including contact information and instructions on how to apply, please visit this PHFA loan description page.

More New York First Time Buyer Resources

In addition to the above first time homebuyer loan from PHFA, there are resources available as well. Be sure to visit Pennsylvania down payment assistance, as well as our page that shares details about grants available in PA to purchase your first home.