· The Michigan State Housing development authority (mshda) introduced a new down payment assistance program for eligible, first time home buyers purchasing in the 49442 zip code.. The “Step Forward Down Payment Assistance” program is a $15,000 forgivable loan and is to be used in conjunction with the MSHDA MI Home Loan first mortgage for first time buyers.
Don’t confuse a down payment with an earnest money deposit. A down payment is a percentage of the sales price you’ll pay out of pocket-it’s the portion you’re not borrowing. The remainder of the purchase price after your down payment is the amount of your mortgage.