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The loan assistance which the South Dakota Housing Development Authority provides is known as LAP which is The Loan Assistance Program. The idea is that down payment and closing costs when buying a home can be prohibitive. For this reason they are taken care of by the program as long as the first mortgage for the property is financed through a lender who is participating with the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA). Because the LAP loan has a very low interest rate (5.0%) and the monthly payments are reasonable, it makes owning your home a real possibility. The maximum loan available is $5,000 over a period of five years. SDHDA provide the assistance loan on condition that your take Homebuyer Education classes with an approved center to ensure that you really understand all the steps you are required to take when buying property. The actual monthly payments you make for your LAP loan will be included in your regular mortgage repayments each month. In effect the LAP loan is a second mortgage as is EMAP which is the Employer Mortgage Assistance Program. However with EMAP the amount you may borrow is a minimum of $600 up to the maximum of $6,000 over a period of 5 years and the interest rate is 2% only. To apply for this type of loan you will need to contact a participating lender and have an eligibility certificate which you can get from your employer, who must be a participating employer. As is the case with the LAP loan the EMAP loan is repaid together with the first mortgage loan and you can have it paid automatically from your bank account to the lender each month if you wish. If you obtain an EMAP loan with the cooperation of your employer but before the end of the 5 years period you change employment and therefore no longer work for the same boss your interest rate will be changed from the 2% to the prime rate plus 5%. This arrangement is provided for in the “Addendum to the Promissory Note” which you sign when you close the loan. Your participating lender might have other important details which you will need to take into consideration when you take out the loan. With the Down payment Assistance Loan there is not a prepayment penalty to worry about. If you sell your home you are required to settle the amount of the Down Payment Assistance Loan. SDHDA will inform the person who closes the sale of the amount to be paid so that the loan can be paid off. In this way SDHDA is able to assist many people to purchase their own home. The Homebuyer Education classes are very important in helping you to know what to expect and how to go about your property purchase in the best way. Please take advantage of these provisions.
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