Yes. Buyers must present a Certificate of Completion of the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) Homebuyer Education class prior to settlement. The class is offered statewide, but may also be taken online at no cost. Find out more at the VHDA site.
Buyers will also need to attend the county’s HomeCents post-settlement seminar within 6 months of closing and submit your certificate to the Housing Finance Specialist. This seminar provides valuable information that will help them transition into homeownership. They will receive a large packet at no cost with lots of great resources to assist them along the way. They may also take this prior to settlement if desired. Find out more here.
Buyers must pay a $200 service fee at closing. This fee cannot be financed. Non-payment of this fee will cause settlement to be delayed. They may pay the fee at settlement with a check, money order, or cashier’s check made payable to County of Loudoun. They will just leave the check with the title company and it will be sent it to us with the closing package.
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Applicants will generally hear from the county within 3 to 5 business days after submission of the full application. This timeframe may be extended if there are missing documents in the application packet. The entire application process from start to finish will typically take at least 45 to 60 days. If applicants are able to provide all required documentation with the initial application submission, this will help minimize delays.
The first items we will need your assistance with include providing a copy of the 1003 and Loan Estimate or Initial Fee sheet. After pre-approval, we will request a “Request for Reservation of Funds” form which must be completed by the lender. You can also assist clients by sending documentation on their behalf should they request your help.
There is no appeal process and all loan decisions are final. Applicants may apply again after one year to be reconsidered for approval.