First Look Maryland
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s First Look Maryland
Program gives non-profits, public housing authorities, and other community driven
entities the first opportunity to purchase DHCD owned single family properties.
The department believes this initiative will expedite the transition of vacant houses
into the hands of new families who are looking for stable, sustainable home ownership
The First Look Maryland Program offers an approved program participant an initial
preview of the property during its first fifteen days on the market and the exclusive
opportunity to purchase any of DHCD’s newly listed First Look REO portfolio properties
at up to a 20% discount from the advertised market list price. For the first 15
days that DHCD’s contract property brokers, ROC Realty and Long & Foster, list our
REO properties and conduct showings, qualified prospective buyers can benefit from
favorable pricing and financing. At the end of the 15 days, the property becomes
available to the general public. The 1st Look Program will be eligible for on State
of Maryland REO properties.
First Look Maryland is available to nonprofits with proof of 501-C3 status for a
minimum of two years, and to registered public housing authorities. All nonprofits,
PHAs and other groups wishing to participate must register with the department.
In order to begin the process of becoming DHCD-approved, the following documents
must be submitted via mail or fax to the department for review.
- A complete application
- The department requires certification that the nonprofit organization shall abide
by all requirements of:
- Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title VIII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1968 as amended,
- The provisions of the Governor’s Code of Fair Practices, as amended,
- Governor’s Executive Order 01.01.1989.18 relating to drug-free and alcohol-free
workplaces, and any Department regulations adopted to carry out the requirements
of that order;
- A contract affidavit;
- A copy of the following organizational documents to confirm nonprofit status:
- A letter from the Internal Revenue Service granting tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code,
- Article of Incorporation or other applicable documents,
- Certificate of good standing, and
- A resolution authorizing for the participation in the Program and purchase for a
particular property where applicable, and designation of the person or persons authorized
to sign on behalf of the organization; and
- Any other documents requested by the department.
- The nonprofit organization shall be in good standing and may not be under suspension
or debarment from any of the Department’s programs in any action under COMAR 05.01.05.
- The nonprofit organization may not be in default under any loan from the Department.
- At the time of settlement, the nonprofit organization shall have all necessary legal
and corporate authorizations to purchase the property.
- DHCD reserves the right to remove any nonprofit, especially ones that do not go
Please read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more
Please refer to the map of available properties.
For More Information, Contact:
- Tiera Hawkes, Program Administrator
- Division of Credit Assurance
- Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
- 100 Community Place
- Crownsville, MD 21032
- Fax: (410) 987-4238