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Permanently Affordable Homes Program

The City of Boulder is committed to making homes in our community available to a variety of people. We offer opportunities for homeownership to those with low, moderate, and middle incomes. Homes are sold at below market-rate prices to income eligible buyers who intend to owner occupy the home.

Permanently Affordable Homes Program

Homes are sold at below market-rate prices to income eligible buyers who intend to owner occupy the home. Homes are permanently affordable and governed by an Affordability Covenant that limits the resale price and places other restrictions on the home. Homes for sale in this program are listed on the Homes for Sale page.

Income & Asset Max

Each Permanently Affordable home has its own income and asset limit. Many are lower then these limits. Check the homes for sale listed on our website for examples.

INCOME MAX ASSETS MAX
1 PERSON $98,280 $140,000
2 PEOPLE $112,320 $155,000
3 PEOPLE $126,360 $170,000
4 PEOPLE $140,280 $185,000
5 PEOPLE $151,560 $200,000
6 PEOPLE $162,840 $215,000
7 PEOPLE $174,000 $230,000
8 PEOPLE $185,280 $245,000

Income is based on gross income for standard employees and net income for self-employed people.

Some homes also have asset limits based on a household’s status (retired, recently divorced, disabled).

Exempt Retirement Assets

Retirement assets can be deducted based on this chart. Assets must be in a designated retirement account to be exempted.

AGE EXEMPT AMOUNT
Under 40 $30,000
40-55 $55,000
Over 55 $110,000

Other Program Requirements

  • Completion of city orientation and homebuyer education class
  • One member of the household must work 30 hours/week unless retired or disabled
  • Have a minimum of $2,000 toward down payment/closing costs (these costs will likely exceed $2,000)
  • Qualify for a first mortgage loan
  • Total debt to income ratio should not exceed 42 percent (learn more about debt to income ratios)
  • May not own another home at time of purchase
  • Home must be owner-occupied, rental restrictions apply
  • Number of bedrooms may only exceed number in household by one
  • Minimum work history of one year within the most recent 12 months
  • Agree to all covenant restrictions