Are you a member of a tribe?

To use the Section 184 Loan, you must be a currently enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe. HUD Rules state that we can have non-natives on the loan, as long  as we have at least one enrolled tribal member of a federally recognized tribe on the loan also. The link above leads to a complete list of all federally recognized tribes broken down in the 37 states it is available in. As always, if you have any questions about anything please feel free to reach out to us here at 1st Tribal in the comments section below.


Details about Section 184 Loan Program

Borrowers can combine an Section 184 loan with a down payment grant, closing cost assistance program, qualified subordinated second mortgage, personal gift or employer program to help pay for a down payment, closing costs or property renovations, allowing the borrower to purchase a property with minimal personal financial contribution. Down payment and closing cost assistance grants as well as qualified subordinated second mortgages are typically provided through state or local housing agencies or Native American housing authorities or tribes.

Although HUD determines program guidelines and borrower eligibility, borrowers do not apply for the program with HUD. Instead, borrowers apply for Section 184 Loans through approved lenders such as banks, mortgage banks, mortgage brokers and credit unions. These approved lenders make sure that applicants meet Section 184 Program eligibility requirements and qualify for the loan according to HUD's borrower qualification policies. Participating tribes can provide a list of approved lenders or you can view a list of Section 184 Lenders on the HUD web site.

There is currently a lack of mortgage lending for Natives who live on the Reservation because of the issues with Trust land. Most banks will not allow any financing on Trust land. This can make finding a loan for a tribal member overly difficult. In 1992, Congress created a program that would help address the lack of availability of mortgages on tribal lands and just like that HUD 184 was born. Here is some information to help you find out if you qualify so you can stop asking the question do I qualify for HUD Section 184 loans and finally know the answer!


What are you buying?

The first thing to consider is what exactly you’re planning to purchase with your loan. There are several different things that are covered under the HUD 184 loan plan. These different actions include:

  1. Rehabilitate a Home(including weatherization)
  2. Purchase an Existing Home
  3. Purchase and Rehabilitate a Home
  4. Construct a New Home(site-built or manufactured homes on permanent foundations)
  5. Refinance a Home(rate and term, streamline, cash out)

The loan that you can qualify for under HUD Section 184 covers all of these things, and you can find the finer details and fine print of the program. In order to qualify though, the loan is going to be based off of credit and income. When it comes to credit, if there are any open collection accounts, tax liens, judgments, or late payments of 30 days or longer, then the loan cannot be closed. You have to be able to qualify for monthly payments in order to receive the loan. But, if you have bad credit, with some hard work, time, and energy, you can improve your credit and try to qualify for a HUD 184 loan.


HUD Section 184 Loan Program Overview

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers the Section 184 Loan Program to enable eligible Native Americans to buy a home with a low down payment and at attractive mortgage rates as compared to conventional mortgage programs.  The HUD Section 184 Loan Program was established in 1992 to increase home ownership and improve access to mortgage financing in Native American communities.  HUD guarantees 100% of the mortgage amount for Section 184 loans, which protects the lender from losing money in the event that borrowers cannot repay their mortgage. Section 184 Loans are offered through participating Native American tribes through an approved third-party lender, such as a bank, mortgage bank, mortgage broker or credit union.  Participating tribes agree to certain program guidelines addressing loan terms, property rights and land access.  Because the program is only offered through participating Native American tribes, Section 184 Loans are only available in selected states and counties.

The key benefits of a Section 184 Loan is that you can purchase a home with a down payment as low as 2.25% (for mortgage amounts over $50,000) or 1.25% (for mortgage amounts below $50,000).  Section 184 Loans also offer attractive mortgage rates and more flexible borrower qualification requirements, which help more borrowers qualify for mortgages to buy homes.  Section 184 Loan interest rates are lower because the government, through HUD, insures the loan.




HUD Section 184 Loan Program is available in the following areas/cities

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