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Last updated: Apr 20, 2024
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Vermont Mortgage Overview

Vermont is an affordable place to live with an average home value of $217,500. It's a great place for first-time and subsequent homebuyers. Vermont has many programs that help first-time homebuyers who don't qualify for the traditional financing programs listed below.

Vermont conventional loans

Conventional loans are traditional loans. Borrowers need a 660 credit score to qualify. If you've never owned a home before you need a 3 percent down payment. If you've owned a home, you need a 5 percent down payment. Anyone who puts down less than 20 percent will pay Private Mortgage Insurance, but only for the time you owe over 80 percent of the home's value. You can ask the lender to cancel the insurance once you get to that point.

Vermont FHA loans

FHA loans are a conventional loan alternative. Borrowers need just a 580 credit score to qualify. With this score, you can put down 3.5 percent and some of the money can be down payment assistance or gift funds. You may even qualify with a 500 - 579 credit score but with a 10 percent down payment. 3.5 percent of the funds must be yours. FHA loans charge mortgage insurance for the life of the loan.

Vermont VA loans

VA loans are for veterans of the military or currently serving members if you have 181 days served in peacetime or 90 days during wartime. VA loans don't require a down payment and you can get approved with a credit score as low as 620 and a debt ratio of as high as 50 percent. VA loans don't charge mortgage insurance but there is an upfront funding fee.

Vermont USDA loans

USDA loans are for low-to-moderate income families who don't qualify for the above programs. USDA loans provide 100 percent financing, but you need a 640 credit score and 41 percent debt ratio to qualify. You must live within the USDA boundaries, which isn't as 'rural' as it sounds. There are many areas of Vermont that qualify.

First-Time Homebuyer Programs in Vermont


This no-cost loan provides up to $5,000 for the down payment and closing costs on a home. The loan has no interest and is deferred until you sell the home or refinance your current loan.


If you fall within the income limits, you may get approved for the ADVANTAGE program which provides low interest rates and low closing costs including waiving the Vermont Property Transfer Tax. There are low down payment options to make it easy for anyone to qualify.

Mortgage Credit Certificate

First-time homebuyers can qualify for a certificate to get up to a $2,000 tax credit on the interest you pay each year on your mortgage. The certificate lasts for the life of the loan. This puts more money in your pocket, making it easier to own your home.


The MOVE MCC program combines the Mortgage Credit Certificate program with a low down payment program with simple qualifications. Only first-time homebuyers qualify.


The MOVE program is a low-cost first mortgage that has low down payment options and waves the Vermont Property Transfer Tax on the sale.

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