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Millennials Struggling to Save, Find Path to Home Ownership

Fifth Third Bank Gives Close to $1 Million in Down Payment Assistance

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2017-- The path to home ownership—a highlight of the American dream—is one full of obstacles. For many, the biggest obstacle is saving for a down payment. Most millennials, for instance, have less than $1,000 in savings for a down payment. And the trend is similar for low-to-moderate income families.

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Alaysyah Yayhisrael used Fifth Third's Down Payment Assistance to buy her home with her boyfriend, J ...

Alaysyah Yayhisrael used Fifth Third's Down Payment Assistance to buy her home with her boyfriend, Julian Robinson, and their 3-year-old son, also named Julian Robinson. (Photo: Business Wire)

To eliminate that barrier—and invest in communities while attracting new groups of customers—Fifth Third Bank created the Fifth Third Down Payment Assistance program. The program opens up the home buying process to those who can afford a monthly mortgage, but struggle to save thousands for a down payment. It offers 3 percent of a home’s purchase price—up to $3,600—for low-income borrowers or those purchasing a home in a designated low-income area and financed through Fifth Third Bank. It’s money that doesn’t have to be paid back, and it can be combined with other down payment assistance programs offered at the state and local level*.

“We see how lives are changed through home ownership,” said Fifth Third Bancorp President and CEO Greg Carmichael. “And we see how communities are changed as families invest in neighborhoods.”

Alaysyah Yahyisrael experienced firsthand how the program can change lives.

Yahyisrael wanted a home with space for her family and a yard for their dog. While she was tired of renting small spaces that didn’t meet her family’s needs—and spending a large portion of her monthly income on rent payments that could otherwise be used toward building equity in a home—she didn’t think home ownership was a possibility for her because of high down payment requirements.

Today, she’s the proud owner of a four-bedroom home that’s close to her 3-year-old son’s daycare and just a short commute to her job with FedEx. There’s room for the dog to play outside, too. She only had to bring $194 to closing—down payment and all—because of the Fifth Third Bank Down Payment Assistance Program.

Working In Neighborhoods, a community development organization that renovates homes and provides homebuyer education and leadership development, referred Yahyisrael, and many other prospective home owners, to Fifth Third specifically because of the Down Payment Assistance Program.

“We are grateful for Fifth Third’s investment in homeowners like Alaysyah,” said S. Barbara Busch, executive Director of Working In Neighborhoods. “When community residents become first-time homeowners, our neighborhoods become more stable and attract even more homeowners.”

Fifth Third is partnering with 145 community organizations across its ten-state footprint to implement the Down Payment Assistance Program and other initiatives that are part of the Bank’s $30 billion commitment to provide lending, investments and community development over the next four years in low- and moderate-income communities.

To date, Fifth Third has awarded nearly $1 million in down payment assistance since the program’s launch a year ago. The average assistance is $2,900.

“Fifth Third’s Down Payment Assistance program helps families with that obstacle that can keep many people out of the housing market,” said Ed Robinson, head of Fifth Third Mortgage. “We give families that little lift they need so that they can purchase a home.”

*To be eligible for the down payment assistance of 3%, up to $3,600,the property must be in one of the following eligible states: MI, IN, IL, KY, TN, OH, WV, NC, GA, FL and either located in a Low Income Census Tract or borrower must meet the low income limit threshold based on the qualifying income per FFIEC website. Down payment assistance may be taxable as income and reported to the IRS. Consult your tax advisor. Not available with all products.

Loans subject to credit review and approval. Prices and programs subject to change without notice. Fifth Third Mortgage Company, 5001 Kingsley Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227, an Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee. Fifth Third Mortgage Company d/b/a Fifth Third Mortgage Company Incorporated and licensed by the New Hampshire Banking Department. Fifth Third Mortgage is the trade name used by Fifth Third Mortgage Company (NMLS #134100) and Fifth Third Mortgage-MI, LLC (NMLS #447141). Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

About Fifth Third

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of June 30, 2017, the Company had $141 billion in assets and operated 1,157 full-service Banking Centers and 2,461 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Wealth & Asset Management. As of June 30, 2017, Fifth Third also had a 17.7 percent interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2017, had $330 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $34 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust, Brokerage and Insurance businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

Source: Fifth Third Bancorp

Fifth Third Bancorp
Laura Trujillo, 513-534-4361