What’s happening?

The Maryland housing department expanded its mortgage program, the SmartBuy initiative, to include more assistance for student loan debt and additional loan options for low-income buyers, Marcus Dieterle reports for Baltimore Fishbowl. 

How much assistance can buyers expect under the expanded terms? 

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is now offering $50,000 or 15% of the home purchase price to help buyers pay off their student loans, a significant increase compared to the original offer of $30,000 in student debt relief.

For borrowers whose income is at or below 50% of the average, the department will provide 6% of the down payment, as well as an additional loan to assist with the cost of closing. All SmartBuy borrowers can also opt to receive $6,000 or 4% of the down payment and a closing cost assistance loan. 

Anything else I should know? 

Homebuyers can also find other assistance from the state’s housing department here.

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