$5,000 GRANTS FOR FIRST-TIME MILITARY BUYERS:
Active duty personnel, veterans, retired members of the military, and employees of the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in down payment and closing costs in the purchase of a first home. The national nonprofit Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation is offering the assistance through its Dream Makers program and says the grants can be applied to a mortgage from any financial institution. More info is at www.PentagonFoundation.org. Click on the "Dream makers" link.