WISH Guidelines 2018
WISH is a down payment assistance program for homebuyers at or
below 78% of the median income. The amount of the assistance can be up to three times the
amount of the homebuyer’s contribution up to $15,000.
Attendance at FHR’s Homebuyer Education Class and
meeting with a housing counselor is required
The program requires a minimum of 45 days to close after all information has been
received by FHR, therefore contracts should be written for 45-60 day closings. Due to high
volume of requests, FHR may request a closing be extended
Fee of $800 to FHR that can be paid at closing using the assistance
2018 Income Limits (78% of Median Income)
1 Person $33,150 2 Persons $37,830 3 Persons $42,588
4 Persons $47,268 5 Persons $51,090 6 Persons $54,834
The homebuyer is required to contribute at least $2,000 (can be gifted, not seller)
The assistance is in the form of a 5-year forgivable silent second lien. Member Bank is lien holder
FHR conducts pre-approval and works with the Member Bank who provides the funds
Funds are limited
Homebuyer education and counseling is required for applicants. Homebuyer Education class must be completed
prior to purchase contract date. Call FHR to schedule class and counseling
The homebuyer must be a first-time homebuyer as defined by FHLB (has not owned within 3 years)
The homebuyer’s liquid assets may not be more than $10,000 after contribution to home purchase
The homebuyer must have one month’s of PITI in reserves (this is in addition to client contribution)
The interest rate on the loan must reflect “par”, market rate
The housing ratio maximum is 35%. The debt ratio maximum is 45%
The lender may charge a 1% origination and lender fees may not exceed $1,000 (underwriting, processing, admin,
application etc./not credit report, appraisal, tax service or flood)
Credit scores are not considered, as long as the remaining program parameters are met
Lenders are responsible for obtaining approval for this program with investors. Approval information is located at
The home must be owner-occupied or vacant
The assisted homebuyer must occupy the home as their primary residence
A home inspection (with inspector of choice) is required and paid by borrower. FHR will review for habitability
The property must be located in Pima County including the City of Tucson
The Contract Purchase Price/Sales Price must not exceed the appraised value of the property
Manufactured homes acceptable
Purchase contract with all addendums
1008, 1003, Loan Estimate, Closing Disclosure
How to Apply
Enroll in FHR homebuyer education class prior to signing purchase contract. Call 318-0993 to schedule
Make an appointment for income eligibility and counseling (bring documents shown below)
Homebuyer Documents Required
☼ Most recent concurrent pay stubs (4 for every other week or semi-monthly and 8 if paid weekly) for everyone
in the household 18 and over, even if they are not going to be on the loan.
☼ Proof of Income for any other income in the household which may include child support (judgment or print out
from courts), social security award letters, unemployment, workman’s comp, etc.)
☼ 1 months most recent statements for all asset accounts – checking, savings, 401(K), pensions, investments, stocks,
bonds, life insurance with cash value prior to death, lump-sum receipts or settlements.
☼ Picture ID for everyone living in the home who is 18 yrs old and over.
☼ Birth Certificates for all household members under 18. If you do not have Birth Certificates you can order them
thru the office of Vital Records at the Health Department in your County
☼ Social Security Cards for everyone in the household. If you do not have a social security card you must apply
for one at the Social Security Office.
☼ Income Tax Returns for the most recent year including W-2(s), 1099’s, 1098,s etc.
Self-employed borrowers are required to bring the most recent 2 years of returns and 1099. If
unavailable, call the IRS for Transcripts at 1-800-829-1040. It takes 3 to 4 weeks to get them by
mail or if you have a fax machine they will fax them to you. Let the IRS know that you are
purchasing a home and you need these transcripts ASAP for the loan to process.
☼ Credit Report. Obtain a copy of your FICO/tri-merged credit report from your lender. (FHR can obtain one for you for
$15.00 per person).
☼ Additional documentation may be required.