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We believe that homeownership plays a crucial role in the strength and vitality of our communities. That’s why we’re proud to offer the Ohio Homebuyer Plus Savings, a state program designed to make saving for a home easier and more accessible. By providing above-market interest rates and a generous five-year window to save, we aim to empower individuals and families on their path to homeownership.

Account Highlights

  • $100 minimum to open
  • $100,000 maximum balance
  • Account must be used within five years
    • Balance should be used to fund a down payment or mortgage closing costs

Ohio Homebuyer Plus offers specialized, tax-advantaged savings accounts for Ohioans to use on their homebuying journey. Individuals who open an account will have access to above-market interest rates and may also qualify for certain Ohio state income tax deductions.

Ohio Homebuyer Plus Program Requirements

Ohio Resident

Participants must have their current primary residence located in the State of Ohio

Minimum Age

Participants must be at least 18 years of age

Use of Funds

Account proceeds must be used toward the down payment or closing costs of a home purchased in Ohio, with the home becoming the new primary residence of the participant

Agree to Terms

Participants must review and agree to the terms of the program before the account is opened, which can be found here

Have questions about the Ohio Homebuyer Plus program? We're here to help!

Program FAQs

Who is eligible to open an Ohio Homebuyer Plus account?

To qualify for enhanced interest savings through an Ohio Homebuyer Plus account, an eligible accountholder must:

  • Be an Ohio resident at least 18 years of age;
  • Have a primary residence in the State of Ohio; and
  • Only use the account proceeds toward the down payment or closing costs of a primary residence in Ohio

What types of properties qualify?

Homes eligible under this savings program include:

  • A single-family home;
  • Condo
  • Unit in a multi-unit dwelling;
  • Manufactured or mobile homes (taxed as real property)

A Home must be the saver’s primary residence after the closing of the home purchase and be located in the State of Ohio.

Can I purchase a vacation home or income property with the savings in the Ohio Homebuyer Plus account?

No. Account proceeds must be used toward the down payment and/or closing costs associated with the purchase of a primary residence in Ohio.

What types of properties do not qualify?

An ineligible home includes, but are not limited to, recreational vehicles, house boats, campers, commercial real estate, and land without an existing residential building included (bare land).

I currently reside outside of Ohio, but plan to move there and purchase a home. Can I open an Ohio Homebuyer Plus account?

No. An applicant must be an Ohio resident at the time of application to open an Ohio Homebuyer Plus account.

What is the minimum deposit required to open the account?

The minimum opening deposit and balance is $100.

What is the maximum amount I can contribute to the account?

An Ohio Homebuyer Plus account cannot exceed a maximum contributed balance of $100,000.

Who can contribute to the account?

The account holder can make a one-time deposit or multiple deposits over the five year period.  Contributions will also be accepted from others, including a spouse, parent, sibling, stepparent, or grandparent.

Are there any income requirements to open an Ohio Homebuyer Plus account?

No. Ohioans at any income level, who meet the necessary eligibility requirements, may open an enhanced interest savings account through this program.

Do I have to be a first-time homebuyer to qualify?

No. Anyone meeting the eligibility criteria planning to purchase a home within the five-year period can open an Ohio Homebuyer Plus account.

How long can I keep the account open?

Funds must be used within five years. If funds have not been used within that time, Richwood Bank will convert the account to a Simple Savings account. The enhanced interest rates will end, and the terms of the account will be those described in the account disclosure.

To maintain eligibility, a minimum balance of $100 must be maintained. Three years after account opening, the minimum balance becomes $500. Any accounts with less than $500 at that time will no longer be eligible for the Ohio Homebuyer Plus program and the account will be converted to a Simple Savings.

Can a married couple open a joint Ohio Homebuyer Plus account?

No. Ohio Homebuyer Plus accounts must be individually owned by the saver. Two individuals who are married or currently reside at the same address can each open an account under their social security number.

What if my circumstances change or I move out of state and do not purchase a primary residence in Ohio?

If an accountholder’s circumstances change or if they move out of state, they keep all money saved as well as the interest accrued in their account. If the accountholder is no longer eligible, their Ohio Homebuyer Plus account will be closed. Funds not used for an eligible home purchase may result in State of Ohio tax reporting requirements and possible tax liabilities.

Can I access the money during the five years?

If you are ready to purchase a home before the end of the five years, you would withdraw the funds to cover the down payment and/or closing costs. Once you make the first withdrawal, you have 90 days to use the rest of the balance. Should a Saver’s Account have a small outstanding balance, currently defined as an amount equal to or less than one hundred dollars ($100), remaining in their Account after the purchase of a Home, the Financial Institution will close the Account and either 1) return the funds to the Saver or 2) deposit the funds into a new non-Ohio Homebuyer Plus Account registered in the name of the Saver. Funds not used for Eligible Withdrawals may result in State of Ohio tax reporting requirements and possible tax liabilities.

Are there tax advantages to this program?

Certain Ohio income tax taxpayers may claim the tax deduction for contributions. We highly recommend talking to a certified tax professional when considering taking advantage of any tax deductions.

Will the $500 bonus be reported on my taxes?

Yes. Richwood Bank will contribute $500 to the Richwood account of your choice if you meet the qualifications. This bonus will be reported as interest income on your IRS Form 1099-INT.

Important Disclosures
APY = Annual Percentage Yield. APY accurate as of 2/12/2024. This is a variable rate account. Rates are subject to change after account opening. $100 minimum to open the account. There is a maximum contribution limit of $100,000. Account duration is limited to 5 years.
To receive the $500 bonus, you must have an opening deposit of at least $100 and a total of at least $100 must remain in the account for 90days.  At the end of the 90 days, you will be eligible for a $500 bonus to be deposited into a Richwood Bank checking or savings account.  Deposit will be made at least one week after the requirements have been met.  Account must be in good standing at the time of payout.  Limit one $500 bonus per social security number.  Offer valid on the first Ohio Homebuyer Plus account opened at Richwood Bank.  Bonus payout may be taxable as interest income and report on IRS Form 1099-INT.  Consult your tax advisor.  Richwood Bank reserves the right to change this offer at any time.