Eligibility for Home Buying Program

Westmoreland Community Action, working along with the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development, is the primary non-profit agency that is building and selling new homes in communities undergoing revitalization in Westmoreland County.

The homes were developed to meet the need for quality affordable housing in Westmoreland County and to help first time homebuyers realize the dream of home ownership. All of the new homes offer good value for the money.

Eligible buyers must demonstrate the ability to repay any loans. Some of the homes have income eligibility, while others do not. Be sure to check the listing information.  In some cases, there is buyer's assistance to help with the down payment and closing costs.

All it takes is a phone call.

In our experience, more people qualify than think they do.  Homebuyers with incomes of at least $36,000 may qualify for a mortgage to purchase one of the homes in the communities undergoing revitalization. So don't count yourself out before taking that first step and calling to check on your initial eligibility.  Contact ReMax Select Realty today! When it's determined you may qualify, Westmoreland Community Action will send you an application. To complete the application, you will need to provide bank statements and verification of all household income.

Strapped for Cash?

In some cases, help with down payment and closing costs is available for first-time homebuyers based on income eligibility.  We can help you find the best mortgage and financing options available in today's market.

As an added bonus, many of our properties include some or all new appliances.  The inclusion of appliances is indicated on the listing information on the Houses for Sale page.  Click on the region you are interested in and then review the listing information for each house that is available in that area.

Income Guidelines

Most of the homes offered through the Neighborhood Revitalization program have a first time homebuyer requirement.  Most of the homes also have an income eligibility requirement. The following chart will give you an idea of where your income needs to be with the number of people in your household.

We use Area Median Income (AMI) as our measurement tool. AMI is defined by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

80% of AREA MEDIAN INCOME

# in Household Max. Household Income
1 $39,900
2 $45,600
3 $51,300
4 $56,950
5 $61,550
6 $66,100
7 $70,650
8 $75,200

Effective: 2016
Based on 80% of Area Median Income (AMI)

First, Find Out if You Qualify

Your first step is to contact Christa Ross at RE/MAX Select Realty who will determine if you qualify. If you're working with a realtor, you can also ask your realtor to contact Christa.
 
Father and Daughter

Christa Ross
RE/MAX Select Realty
724-933-6300 x214 Office
724-309-1758 Mobile
Christa@GreenHomesPGH.com

If it is determined that you qualify, Westmoreland Community Action will send you an application.  For the application you will need to provide bank statements and verification of all household income.  

Second, Take Advantage of our Homebuyer's Program.

Westmoreland Community Action's Housing Counseling & Money Management Center guides you through process of buying a home. 
 
Graduates of this one-session program who meet income and eligibility requirements can purchase a newly built home in a revitalized Westmoreland County neighborhood.
 
Visit Westmoreland Community Action's Housing programs page or call 724-834-1260 Ext 150 to learn more.

Housing Counseling is FREE!

Interested in buying a house but not sure if you're financially prepared?

Talk with one of our Westmoreland Community Action housing counselors about the home buying process, how to improve your credit score, and budgeting for home expenses and a regular mortgage payment. In some cases, it only takes a few months to turn around your credit rating and become eligible for homeownership.

Visit Westmoreland Community Action's Housing programs page or
call 724-834-1260 Ext 150 to learn more.

How Much Help is Available?

Home buying is about more than finding a good mortgage.  From Homebuyer Classes to Credit Enhancement workshops, help is available to prepare you for home ownership and give you the confidence to keep that home throughout the years.

Take advantage of the Classes & Events designed to help you understand the home buying process and become financially prepared.

Learn about transitional housing and housing programs sponsored by Westmoreland Community Action.

Start by contacting Christa Ross at RE/MAX Select Realty to begin the application process.

Visit our Can I Afford a Home page for more information.

Service Area

We are dedicated to helping you find affordable homes for sale in Westmoreland County, including but not limited to the cities of Derry, Jeannette, Latrobe, and  Monessen, and Scottdale.

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