Bank of America commits $15B to home ownership efforts

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Sotheby’s International Realty CEO Philip White provides insight into millennials entering the housing market and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on real estate. Bank of America has committed $15 billion to homeownership efforts through 2025, the bank announced Wednesday. The effort, which first launched in 2015 as a $5 billion […]

Bank of America has committed $15 billion to homeownership efforts through 2025, the bank announced Wednesday.

The effort, which first launched in 2015 as a $5 billion initiative, aims to help approximately 60,000 low- and moderate-income Americans buy homes.

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“Homeownership is an incredibly powerful force, helping families to build wealth over time and strengthening our communities,” D. Steve Boland, president of retail at Bank of America, said in a statement. “It can be challenging to save enough to buy a home, so it’s no surprise that we’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive response to our programs.”

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Bank of America’s Community Homeownership Commitment helped 21,000 Americans buy homes with affordable loans and more than $180 million in down payment and closing cost grants.

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The commitment is split into two programs: the Down Payment program, which helps eligible buyers in 260 U.S. cities receive 3% of a home’s purchase price up to $10,000 for their downpayment, and America’s Home Grant program, which offers a lender credit of up to $7,5000 for eligible applicants.

Homebuyers may receive an average of $14,000 to put toward their new homes using both programs together.

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