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Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment

First-Time Homebuyer Program

A homeownership assistance program funded by the Kane-Elgin HOME Consortium

The First-Time Homebuyer Program helps make the dream of homeownership a reality. The program provides up to $10,000 in down-payment and/or closing-cost assistance to first-time homebuyers in the form of a zero-interest, deferred-payment loan.  No interest accrues on the loan, and no payments are due until the home is sold, the title is transferred, or the home is no longer used as the homebuyer's principal residence. When any of these events occur, the loan is repaid. *NOTE* up to an additional $10,000 may be available if the home purchased is located within the city limits of St. Charles, under these same terms and conditions.

Homebuyer Applicants:

To qualify for the program, homebuyers must currently live (or work full-time) in the Kane-Elgin Consortium Area**, and must have done so for at least one year leading up to application for the program. They must also not exceed Federal income limits, complete a homebuyer education course, and have a downpayment of at least 1% of the purchase price of the home they wish to purchase.  All homes, townhomes, and condominiums purchased under the program must pass both a visual general inspection and a lead-based paint inspection to ensure the home meets housing quality standards.

Click on the links below for the Kane County First-Time Homebuyer Loan Program application form, guidelines and process. Please make sure that you read and follow the instructions carefully.

If you have questions, click here for a list of FAQ's​, or call the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment at (6 30) 444-3027.

First Mortgage Lenders:

  • Kane County does NOT require First Mortgage Lenders to be pre-qualified. Homebuyers may work with a Lender of their choice to obtain their first mortgage.
  • Please be aware, however, that a homebuyer's first mortgage must meet certain requirements that are outlined in the Program Guidelines (see link below).


** The Kane-Elgin Consortium Area (“Program Area") includes all of Kane County (except the City of Aurora, and the Villages of Hampshire, Huntley, Hoffman Estates, and Montgomery), all of the City of Elgin (including that portion located in Cook County), all of the Village of Maple Park (including that portion located in DeKalb County), and all of the City of St. Charles (including that portion located in DuPage County).