Nevada First Time Home Buyer Programs and Grants-Overview

You don’t necessarily have to be a first-time homebuyer to qualify for Nevada first-time homebuyer programs in 2020

Are there first-time homebuyer programs in Nevada for 2020, even after COVID-19? Yes, the programs below are unaffected by the COVID-19 in 2020.

The Nevada first-time homebuyer programs in 2020 offer below-market fixed interest rate mortgage loans and grants to help low and middle-income buyers become homeowners. They help Las Vegas first-time homebuyers or repeat buyers with down payment and closing costs, which in some cases will be forgiven.

Who can qualify for Nevada first-time homebuyer programs?:

The requirement for not owning a home for the past three years has been withdrawn for Home is Possible, and Home is Possible for Heroes and Teachers. The only requirement is that the applicant doesn’t own a home at the time of closing.

Other requirements that all programs have in common is taking and completing a the HUD-approved First-Time Home Buyer Education Class. Then they are assigned a certified housing counselor who will guide them. Additionally, the applicant must use the unit as a primary residence and obviously must meet standard underwriting requirements.

Federal first-time Homebuyer programs through government-backed mortgages:

Given that homebuyers who are seeking down payment or mortgage assistance usually can’t afford a 20% down payment, the Federal Government has provided some remedies for this situation.

FHA Loans

FHA loans are distributed by the third-party banks but are backed by FHA. The required down payment is 3.5% with the credit score of 580 or more. Read More Those with a lower FICO score need a 10% down payment. The bad part is that the borrower has to pay Private Mortgage Insurance for the life of the loan if they don’t put a 10% down payment. If they do, they can cancel the PMI in 11 years. The borrower may be better off switching to a conventional mortgage after the home equity reaches 22% of the home value.

VA Loans

VA loans are backed by the Department of Veteran Administration (VA) to help out US military veterans become home owners. This loan has two big advantages over the FHA loans. Read More One is that most Veterans do not have to put down any down payment nor pay the costly Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) for the life of the mortgage either. The closing costs are lower as well, however a fee has to be paid to the VA.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

If first-time homebuyers meet the requirements set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, they can get a mortgage with a 3% down payment. However, in this case the PMI is cancellable when the home equity reaches 20%.

Las Vegas Nevada first-time home buyers should buy rather than renting

Nevada Housing Division Las Vegas first-time home buyer programs

What is the best Nevada first-time homebuyer program?  Home is Possible is the main program that has survived cuts in Nevada first-time home buyer programs in 2019. And it comes in 3 flavors.

Home is Possible

Home is Possible for Nevada is currently the best program and offers 5% of the loan value, which is usable for the down payment and/or closing costs and forgivable after only three years if the applicant stays in the home.Read More

Home is Possible is a permanent statewide program that offers an attractive 30-year interest rate as well.

Qualifying conditions:

All home buyers are welcome. However, they may not own a home at the closing time and are required to live in the house as the primary residence.

For government loans (FHA, USDA, VA), the qualifying income must be below $98,500, but for conventional loans, the income limit is $70,100.

The home price should be less than $510,400.

The minimum credit (FICO) score should be higher than 640.

One-time application fee of $755.

Home is Possible for Heroes

Another statewide program for US Military Veterans which offers a below-market fixed interest rate 30-year loan that reduces the monthly mortgage payment. It can be combined with the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) with program fees waived for more savings.Read More


All buyers are welcome, but the borrower may not own other property at the time of closing and need to use the house for a primary residence.

Qualifying income shall be below $98,500 and home price less than $510,400.

Financing should be through VA or USDA loans only, and a minimum FICO score of 640 is required, and a one-time application fee of $755 has to be paid.

If you’re a veteran who has been honorably discharged, are in the National Guard, are a surviving spouse, or you’re on active military duty, Home Is Possible for Heroes was made specifically for you.

Home is Possible for Teachers

Teachers need to hurry up, this program is going away at the end of September 2020, but until then, it offers $7500 in bonus money to licensed full-time K-12 public school classroom teacher in Nevada.

This program offers below-market fixed interest rate 30-year loans which can be combined with the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) with program fees discounted. Read More

Teacher must live in the home as a primary residence and if they do so for 5 years, the bonus money is forgiven.

Qualifying conditions:

Applicants shall finance through a government-issued mortgage (no conventional loans), and the minimum credit score of 660 is required for an FHA loan and 640 for VA loans.

The borrower can own a home but should not own one at the time of closing.

The qualifying income has to be less than $98,500, and the home price should be less than $510,400.

Teachers need to pay a one-time fee of $755 on the first mortgage.

Income Tax Credits

Las Vegas first-time home buyers can combine the above programs with the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) for additional savings. First-time home owners can get a rebate up to $2,000 annually with a Federal Income Tax credit of up to 30% of the interest paid as well as a standard tax deduction on any remaining interest. Read More

MCC Program has a flat fee of $795, along with a lender application fee of $300. But if combined with Home is Possible, a $400 discount is offered.

Qualifying conditions:

The definition of the first-time homeowner applies, applicants shouldn’t own a home for the past three years unless you are a qualified veteran.

Should meet maximum income and home purchase amount for Cark County, Nevada.

Applicants should finance through FHA, VA loans.

The City of Henderson Neighborhood Services First Time Home buyer Program

The City of Henderson Neighborhood Services offers an interest-free deferred loan not to exceed 6% of the purchase price or $10,000, whichever is less, which can be used for the down payment and closing costs.Read More

This program is for Henderson’s first-time homeowners who want additional savings by purchasing a fixer-upper to remodel to their taste.

Applicants must have lived or worked in Henderson for one (1) year prior to applying and must not have owned a home in the past three years.

Must contribute $1,500 of their funds toward the purchase of the home.

This is no interest charges or monthly payments on the grant, but the loan must be paid back.

Avoiding the Re-Capture Tax

Important: There is a Recapture Tax Penalty if you sell or otherwise dispose of all or any part of your interest in your residence within a specified time from the closing date of your Mortgage Loan. You may be required to pay federal income taxes for the taxable year in which you dispose of your interest in your residence in addition to the federal income taxes normally attributable to any gain recognized on the sale or disposition of your residence.

Making offers and financing the property

Nevada first-time home buyer deals take longer to close which seems to be a disadvantage if your Realtor neglects to do one thing listed below.

Applicants who have passed all stages and become ready to buy are already approved for the loan and final approval is contingent on appraisal. This removes much of the uncertainty about the outcome and makes it as close to a cash offer as a financing deal can be.

Your Realtor should make sure that the seller and his listing agent understand this, which should more than make up for longer escrow time and even get a discount.


Lastly, those who want to take advantage of Las Vegas first-time homebuyer programs must use a mortgage officer and Realtor who are certified by the Nevada Housing Division to participate in these programs, and we are. If you think you can qualify and the majority of home buyers can don’t wait, pick up the phone and call us at 702-478-7800.