FirstPlus Program

Lee County Housing Finance Authority provides first-time homebuyers down payment and closing cost assistance through the FirstPlus Second DPA program.  Program funds are first-come, first serve and are continuously funded.  Please see the details below to learn more.

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Program Summary:

  • Down Payment Assistance in the form of a 2nd mortgage, maximum amount of $10,000, bearing interest at a rate of 0%, 30 year, deferred (or due upon sale, refinancing, transfer of title, or rental of the home if done within first 30 years).
  • Competitive 30-year fixed mortgage rate
  • No asset limits for homebuyers
  • Eligible Loan Types: FHA, VA, USDA-RD
  • Home must serve as the primary residence
  • Borrower(s) must occupy property within 60 days of closing
  • Homebuyer education not required but recommended (links)
  • Eligible Areas: Lee, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Palm Beach and Sarasota Counties in Florida

Who Qualifies:

  • First time homebuyers – Applies to all borrower(s) & spouses (occupant or non-occupant).  Cannot have owned a home within the past three years
  • Must be able to permanently reside in the U.S.
  • Maximum income limits for eligibility
  • FICO Score must be 640 or higher, DTI requirement is 45%, and borrower(s) must meet normal FHA, VA or USDA-RD  underwriting requirements

Getting Started:

If you would like to see if you qualify for one of these programs, please click here ( to view more details and find contact information for approved participating lenders.

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