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Financing With Tax-Exempt Bonds

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Tax-Exempt bond financing is available for the development, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable housing. If you are interested in this type of financing, please note it is federally regulated and has income limits and rent requirements.

Developers must make a choice to rent the units to a minimum of either 20 percent of the renters at 50 percent of the area median income, or 40 percent of renters at 60 percent of the area median income. The remainder of renters must be no more than 150 percent of the area median income.


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Tax-exempt Financing Details

  • Financing With Tax-exempt Bonds

    This fully amortizing, non-recourse construction-to-permanent loan offers a lower interest rate and is used in conjunction with 4% Housing Credits. Tax-exempt bond financing is available for private, for-profit, nonprofit or not-for-profit developers.

  • Criteria for Financing

    In addition to the criteria below, there are also specific occupancy requirements that must be met as a condition of this financing.

    • We may finance up to the lesser of 90% loan-to-value 95% total approved development cost or 100% of total development cost for not-for-profit developers (excluding developer’s fees). These loan amounts should be viewed as limits and not as guaranteed funding levels.
    • Minimum 1.10 debt coverage ratio.
    • A construction loan converts into a permanent loan.
    • 1% combined processing and financing fee on any permanent only loan.
    • 2% combined processing and financing fee on all construction to permanent loans.
    • Our pricing assumes a 30-year fully amortized loan; however, amortization periods up to 35 years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • A $10,000 application fee must be submitted with the loan application. This is inclusive of the processing fee and is non-refundable.
    • All loans are non-recourse.
  • Tax-exempt Properties

    Our tax-exempt bond financing plays an important role in the development and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing in Virginia.

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Contact a Virginia Housing associate for more details.


Virginia Housing is a frequent issuer of bonds. As such, our rates include bond counsel fees, rating agency fees and bond underwriting fees, and require no bond insurance or additional credit enhancements.