Homebuyer Dream Program

Making Home Ownership More Affordable

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All of GRB’s allotted spaces for the Homebuyer Dream Program 2021 have been filled. We are awaiting allotment information for 2022 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY). Please check back for updates.

GRB participates in a number of special promotions and lending programs designed to make the dream of owning a home more accessible.

Grants for First-time Homebuyers

GRB and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) work together to provide grant assistance to qualified first-time homebuyers. The Homebuyer Dream ProgramTM provides grants of up to $10,000 towards the purchase of a home in New York. Participants must provide a minimum equity contribution of $1,000.

Homebuyer Dream Program Eligibility

  • 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
  • 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 $9,500 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

Looking for other mortgage lending options? GRB provides mortgage grants, discounts, and other programs for buyers throughout Upstate New York.

Find Out If You Qualify for the Homebuyer Dream Program

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* The Homebuyer Dream Program is a registered trademark of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. Additional program details will be forthcoming. Please work with your GRB Mortgage Loan Originator to discuss your specific situation.