NeighborhoodLIFT Frequently Asked Questions

What are the terms of the NeighborhoodLIFT funding?

NeighborhoodLIFT funds are provided as a 5 year forgivable loan program for owner-occupied properties. As long as the borrower resides in the home the loan will be forgiven at a rate of 20% each year on the anniversary date of settlement. If the house is no longer a principal residence or the property is transferred, repayment of the balance of funds will be immediately due.

Are there income restrictions for eligible borrowers?

NeighborhoodLIFT funds are available for conventional and VA first mortgage loan borrowers with a HOUSEHOLD income up to 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI). For borrowers using an FHA loan the income limit is 115% of the AMI.   Income Guidelines

If a person living in the home is not included on the loan to purchase the home does their income count in the calculation of household income?

Yes. HOUSEHOLD income is calculated using all income for people ages 18 and older living in the home after the purchase. Income Guidelines

Are there other financial requirements to participate in the program?

You may be required to make an additional down payment contribution from your own funds if your ‘remaining liquid assets’ at the time of settlement will exceed $20,000.

‘Remaining liquid assets’ are defined as your available funds in bank accounts such as checking, savings or money market accounts that are readily accessible without withdrawal restrictions or penalties after you have met any out-of-pocket settlement requirements from your own funds.

Liquid assets do not include Retirement Accounts (such as 401(k), IRA or pension accounts), Investment Accounts (such as stock, bond or mutual funds), Certificates of Deposit (CDs), Business Checking or Savings Accounts.

Liquid asset determinations and contribution requirement estimates are made at the time of the first mortgage loan application. Liquid asset funds that are subsequently transferred to restricted accounts after first mortgage application will not be excluded from contribution calculation requirements.

What first mortgage lenders are eligible to participate in the NeighborhoodLIFT program?

A complete list of participating partner lenders is available here

What is homebuyer education and how do I get it?

Homebuyer education is an eight-hour class that teaches about the home buying process. It includes a one hour session with a certified counselor. You may schedule a class withNeighborWorks Salt Lake  or participate in the online class through partner e-Home America. You may also receive your homebuyer education from any HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency in Salt Lake City that has adopted the National Industry Standards for Homebuyer Education and Counseling.

I have a homebuyer education certificate from an agency that is not HUD Approved. Will that be accepted?

No. Only homebuyer education certificates from HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies located in Salt Lake City that have adopted the National Industry Standards for Homebuyer Education and Counseling are eligible for NeighborhoodLIFT funds.

NeighborhoodLIFT Approved Homebuyer Education providers:

NeighborWorks Salt Lake
622 West 500 North
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(385) 252-5438

AAA Fair Credit Foundation
230 West 200 South, Suite 3104
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 483-0999

Community Development Corporation of Utah
501 East 1700 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
(801) 994-7222

Can I own another home and still qualify for the NeighborhoodLIFT program?

Yes, if you currently own a home but will be selling it prior to closing on the NeighborhoodLIFT property, you can still be eligible for the program. At the time of closing you may not own any additional properties including investment properties.

Are short sale properties eligible for NeighborhoodLIFT funds?

Short sale properties are eligible for the program.  The purchase agreement for the short sale property must be signed by the buyer and the seller to apply for NeighborhoodLIFT funds.  The lender (lien holder of short sale property) must ratify the agreement prior to closing.  NeighborhoodLIFT funds can be used in connection with the financing of a Wells Fargo short sale but only if Wells Fargo is not the new first mortgage lender on the short sale purchase. Another lender must originate the new first mortgage loan.

What expenses can I use the NeighborhoodLIFT DPA Funds to cover as part of my purchase of a home?

NeighborhoodLIFT down payment assistance funds may be used for any eligible purpose including closing costs assistance, down payment assistance, or borrower minimum out-of-pocket investment if allowed by the first mortgage loan program. NeighborhoodLIFT funds may not necessarily cover the closing costs or out-of-pocket requirements of an FHA first mortgage or other type of first mortgage loan. You should consult directly with your first mortgage lender and NeighborWorks Salt Lake to determine how NeighborhoodLIFT program funds may be used in connection with your home purchase. 

Can I qualify for additional incentives along with NeighborhoodLIFT funds?

Yes. There are some programs eligible for layering incentives together with NeighborhoodLIFT funding. Programs include Community Development Corporation of Utah. ( You can also ask your lender about first mortgage incentives.

Q.v How do I know if I am eligible for additional incentive programs?

Eligibility for each program is determined by the program administrators. Contact them directly to participate in their programs.

Are there any properties in Salt Lake City that are not eligible for NeighborhoodLIFT funds?

Yes. Wells Fargo REO (real estate owned) properties are not eligible for NeighborhoodLIFT funds.

What do I need to do following the NeighborhoodLIFT event?

Following the NeighborhoodLIFT event, clients who receive an allocation of funds will have 60 days to obtain a contract on a home, and submit the required documents to NeighborWorks Salt Lake for an eligibility appointment. Clients who do not complete all of these steps will lose their NeighborhoodLIFT allocation. Clients are encouraged to submit the documents following the NeighborhoodLIFT event as soon as they are available.

Once a buyer is determined to be eligible for NeighborhoodLIFT, how quickly will the process move forward?

Once a buyer with a signed purchase and sale agreement is determined to be eligible by NeighborWorks Salt Lake, a commitment letter will be issued with a copy sent to the first mortgage lender. The lender will then prepare documents for closing and provide copies of required documents to NeighborWorks Salt Lake at least seven (7) business days prior to closing. NeighborWorks Salt Lake will then have all documents prepared for the closing.

Will extensions be allowed for clients who do not have a signed purchase and sale agreement on a home within 60 days of the event?

No. Extensions are only available for clients who have met the program requirements and are preparing for settlement.

If a contract falls through can the client change to another property?

Prior to the ending of the 60 day post-launch period, the client can resubmit a valid contract on another home and maintain their eligibility. Once the 60 day period following the NeighborhoodLIFT event is complete, the funding becomes property-specific and if the deal falls through the NeighborhoodLIFT funds are de-allocated.

What happens if I wasn’t pre-approved for a first mortgage at the event?

Clients who were not able to qualify for a loan were offered financial fitness classes and counseling following the event. The classes and counseling are designed to help prepare clients to get approved for a first mortgage. Financial fitness classes are free and provide information on how to manage income and create a budget based on that income, how to save, how to obtain a credit report, as well as how to apply for and use credit.