MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - Owning a home is a big part of the American dream and Mercer County would like to help families achieve that dream through Mercer County First-Time Homebuyer Program workshops.

Buying a home is likely the largest transaction an individual will make, but it’s also the most confusing and complicated.

“Mercer County is again offering assistance to potential homeowners through our First-Time Homebuyer Program, and I invite you to sit in on one of the upcoming workshops to learn more about the lending process,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

Through the Mercer County First–Time Homebuyer Program workshops, participants can learn how the mortgage process works, and participating lenders will be on hand to guide applicants and provide answers. Two of the greatest obstacles faced by potential first-time homebuyers are down payment and closing costs. The Mercer County First-Time Homebuyer Program assists income-eligible applicants by contributing up to $7,000 toward down payment and closing costs.

Eligibility for assistance is based on family size and income, and lenders will help determine mortgage eligibility based on income, credit rating and current monthly expenses. To receive assistance through the Mercer County First-Time Homebuyer Program, applicants must participate in a Homebuyer Training Course, cannot have owned a home within the past three years—unless that person is a single parent or displaced homemaker—and cannot own other real estate at the time of closing.

Potential buyers can shop for suitable homes in the following Mercer County municipalities participating in the program: East Windsor, Ewing, Hamilton, Hightstown, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Lawrence, Pennington, Princeton, Robbinsville and West Windsor. Potential buyers interested in purchasing a home in Trenton can call the City of Trenton Housing Office at (609) 989-3504 for information.

Workshops will be held this year at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Hamilton Township Free Public Library, 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619;
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648;
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Hamilton Township Free Public Library, 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619.

For additional information or questions regarding accessibility accommodations, please contact the Mercer County Housing office at (609) 989-6858.