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New First-time Homebuyer Mortgage Program Offers Up To $15,000 in Grants

Homebuyer Dream Program logoAs a bank, GRB is able to work with the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) to provide grant assistance to qualified first-time homebuyers. The Homebuyer Dream ProgramTM provides grants of up to $15,000 towards the purchase of a home in New York.  This is a program that is only available to banks, mortgage brokers are not able to access grant funds for this program.

Homebuyer Dream Program* (HDP) eligibility requirements

  • Must be first-time homebuyers (have not owned a home individually or with a spouse in the last three years)
  • Reside and purchase a home in New York
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of area median income (i.e., in Monroe County up to $62,240 for 1- and 2-person households, up to $71,576 for 3+ person household as of August 2018)
  • Complete an accredited homeownership course
  • Meet the income and credit requirements for the program
  • Have the minimum equity contribution of $1,000 toward purchase of the home
  • Remain in the home for five years or repay a portion of the grant funds back to FHLBNY

Important information

  • Up to $14,500 in grant funding is available to be applied to down payment and closing costs
  • Up to $500 in grant funding is available to offset the cost of the homeownership course

Find out if you qualify 

For more information, contact our mortgage professionals.

* Homebuyer Dream Program is a trademark of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

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January Fundraising for Veterans

Veterans Outreach Center logoGRB Mortgage is pleased to announce it is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit our local service men and women. GRB's Mortgage Team is offering free appraisals on VA loans and will donate $25 for every residential mortgage application taken throughout the monh of January 2019 to the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC).

For those of you who may not be familiar with VOC, the organization was established in 1973 and provides comprehensive resources to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through direct service, community collaboration and advocacy. This includes providing a wide range of services such as benefits counseling, job training and placement, mentoring, legal resources, therapy services, housing assistance and much more.

You can learn more about VOC and follow their efforts at www.vocroc.org.

 If you are interested in a VA loan or any other residential mortgage option, talk to our mortgage team.

Spread the word and we thank you in advance for your support of our local service men and women.

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Enroll Now, Buy a Home Next Summer with First Home Club

first home club program logoEnroll now.  Save money.  Earn a $7,500 grant.  Buy a house in 10 months.  That's First Home Club with GRB.

A home remains one of the best long-term investments you can make.  To make it easier for first-time buyers to purchase a home, GRB and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) work together to provide down payment assistance through the First Home Club.

The First Home Club provides $4 in matching funds at closing for every $1 saved in a dedicated First Home Club Savings Account at GRB, up to a total grant amount of $7,500.  Participants make monthly deposits into this account over a 10-month period and then use that money when the obtain a mortgage with GRB.  And for a limited time, GRB is also offering a $50 gift card upon enrollment and $250 off mortgage closing costs

The catch...we only receive a limited number of First Home Club enrollment spots each year, and we're coming to the end of the year.  Our remaining spots will go fast, but there is still time to get enrolled.  GRB handles everything in house, so it takes less than 10 business days to get approved!  

Buying a home is a significant investment, but GRB and the FHLBNY make it easier - and more cost effective - with First Home Club.

For more details on the program, see our First Home Club page.

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University of Rochester Home Ownership Incentive Program Expansion

University of Rochester header logoThe University of Rochester has expanded their map for the University Home Ownership Incentive Program to include several new neighborhoods. This program aims to increase the number of full-time and part-time U of R faculty living in and around the University’s River Campus and Medical Center. Up to $9,000 worth of funding may be available and already more than 350 homes have been purchased through the University Home Ownership Incentive Program since it was launched in 2008. The map provided on the GRB Home Mortgage page allows you to search a specific street address to determine if the property qualifies. The map previously included parts of the 19th Ward and the South Wedge and now includes the Upper Mount Hope area, Marketview Heights, EMMA neighborhoods and many more.

To get started, call the U of R Benefits Office at 585.275.0476 to verify your eligibility for the loan. Once you’ve received the go-ahead, you need to complete a grant application from the City of Rochester and discuss mortgage options with us here at Genesee Regional Bank before putting in a purchase offer for any property. You can call us at 585.427.9200 or send us an email. Happy house hunting Rochester!

University of Rochester Home Mortgage 3 3 3 program map

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What is a Prospective Rochester Homebuyer to do?

It’s not just the temperature that’s rising this summer…

According to the online real estate database Zillow, the market temperature for the city of Rochester is hot! Continuing a trend from 2016, housing inventory in the Rochester area is low and those looking to buy homes are dealing with increased competition. Increased demands in combination with rising interest rates are causing higher housing prices. So what is a prospective homebuyer to do? 

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