How the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Works
Lee County buys foreclosed homes in target areas at below appraised value, then rehabilitates properties into desirable homes. Lee County then sells the home to qualified homebuyers, providing a soft second mortgage and reasonable closing cost assistance to help subsidize buyer costs.
Lee County received federal funding in
2010 to promote these homeownership opportunities in the County. The latest
Quarterly Performance Reports (QPR) are available, which demonstrate this program's success to date.
Homebuyers must have annual household income at or below
income levels, attend homebuyer education class from a
HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency, be able to obtain a commitment for a mortgage from a lending institution, and occupy property as their primary/principal residence.
Purchasing a Home
Home ownership opportunities are available in the following target areas:
How the Assistance Works
The LEE County NSP will provide assistance in the form of a second mortgage plus reasonable closing costs and down payment assistance to help pay for an NSP home. The amount of assistance (NSP subsidy) is based on income category. The second mortgage is provided as a zero interest forgivable loan to cover the difference in the purchase price and what the buyer otherwise could borrow. The second mortgage will be 100% forgivable after fifteen years.
If you stay in your NSP home as your primary residence for 15 years, then you will not have to repay the Lee County mortgage. If you choose to sell, rent, or refinance without Lee County’s approval before 15 years have passed, then you could be subject to repayment.
Assistance levels are based on income categories.
Up to 50%|
50.01 to 80%|
80.01 to 120%|
Down Payment Contribution Requirements
Down payment contribution requirements are also income-based.
Steps to Purchasing a Home:
about additional eligibility requirements and important program information.
Complete the required eight (8) hour Homebuyer Education Class.
Contact a lender to get pre-approved for a first mortgage.
- Review available properties on the Lee County NSP website at
www.leegov.com/dhs/nspproperties and contact a Realtor®. Your realtor can also search the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for NSP properties. When NSP homes are available, they are listed on Wednesdays.
- Take the mortgage pre-approval letter to your licensed Realtor® to prepare and submit a purchase contract to Lee County. Purchase offers,
NSP Sales Addendum, and
NSP Sales Addendum-HUD Homes (if applicable) must be emailed to:
firstname.lastname@example.org; Attn. Robert Clemens, Broker, Division of County Lands.
Once the potential NSP homebuyer has been notified that the contract has been conditionally accepted, they must then contact Lee County Department of Human and Veterans Services within two (2) business days, and they will have a total of seven (7) business days from the time Lee County accepts the pending offer to submit their NSP application to Lee County
- Continue working with the Department of Human and Veterans Services to finalize the NSP application.
- Obtain a home inspection if desired (Lee County strongly recommends).
- Attend closing at the Title Agency to complete the purchase of home.