Real Estate Report

(Sept. 28, 2018) Last year, Maryland rolled out a unique program called Maryland SmartBuy.

This program helps homebuyers with qualifying student debt purchase a home.

The program works by paying off student debt during the purchase of the home through special Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) financing. Maryland SmartBuy involves the purchase of move-in-ready homes currently owned by, and available from, the state of Maryland.

Beginning in August 2018, Maryland SmartBuy 2.0 was rolled out and provides an opportunity for homebuyers to purchase any home in Maryland that meets Maryland Mortgage Program guidelines while paying off student debt.

This limited-time program provides all of the student debt relief offered by the original Maryland SmartBuy while making more homes eligible for purchase.

To qualify for either Maryland SmartBuy program, homebuyers must have an existing student debt with a minimum balance of $1,000. Maryland SmartBuy financing provides up to 15 percent of the home purchase price for the borrower to pay off their outstanding student debt.

Maryland SmartBuy 2.0 offers the same student debt relief of 15 percent of the home purchase price with a maximum payoff of $30,000.

The full student debt must be paid off at the time of the home purchase, and homebuyers must meet all eligibility requirements for the Maryland Mortgage program.

Financing for either Maryland SmartBuy program is available only through approved Maryland SmartBuy lenders. These lenders can help you confirm your eligibility and ensure you meet all applicable requirements.

A full list of all state-owned properties available through the Maryland SmartBuy Program is available on the Maryland Mortgage Program’s website at www.mmp.maryland.gov.

— Lauren Bunting is an Associate Broker with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.

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