For Current MPDU Certificate Holders

Frequently asked questions

Random Selection Drawings

DHCA conducts a Random Selection Drawing to determine who will receive an opportunity to purchase MPDU homes.  This process is NOT a "lottery". Participants do not win a home; rather, they win the opportunity to purchase a home based on a number of factors.

When DHCA is notified by a developer or the current owner of an MPDU that they have a home or homes available for sale, the homes are listed on the MPDU website and are sold to approved MPDU purchase participants.

Approved MPDU purchase program participants must visit the MPDU website regularly to view announcements about homes that become available for sale.  Participants who are interested in a particular home need to click the corresponding link to enter the Random Selection Drawing for that development.  You will be prompted for your Participant/Certificate Number and the last name of the primary participant when registering.  After registering to participate in the Random Selection Drawing for a home, participants will automatically receive an email confirming they have signed up.

Those who are not eligible to enter the Random Selection Drawing for that property will be excluded from the drawing.  Ineligible households will be notified of the reason they were ineligible when the results of the drawing are posted on the MPDU website.

To be eligible to purchase an MPDU property, participants must:

  • be pre-approved for a mortgage loan equal to or greater than the sales price of the available property (for example, if the sales price for the unit is $156,000, then your certificate must show that you qualify for a mortgage of no less than $156,000);
  • have a household size appropriate for the number of bedrooms in the property (see chart below) unless an insufficient number of households of eligible size enters the drawing, and Household Size; and

    Household Size and Number of Bedrooms
    Household Size For Sale MPDUs Number of Bedroom
    1 person 1 or 2 bedrooms *
    2 people 1 or 2 bedrooms
    3 people 2 or 3 bedrooms
    4 people 2 or 3 bedrooms
    5 people 3 bedrooms
  • for MPDU properties in senior or adult communities, a household must have at least one household member age 55 or older AND no household members age 18 or younger.

After the entry deadline for the development has passed, DHCA will rank the participants who registered for the property based on the following factors:

  • Those who are eligible for the property will be grouped by Priority Points.

    Priority to purchase a home is given to participants who have accumulated the most "Priority Points".  The maximum number of Priority Points that a household can have is five (5). Points are assigned on the following basis:
    • Living in Montgomery County - 1 point 
    • Working in Montgomery County - 1 point
    • For each consecutive year an approved MPDU purchase program participant - 1 point per year (maximum of 3 years)

The following chart illustrates how points are assigned:

Conditions and Number of Years
Condition Year One Year Two Year Three +
(maximum points)

Living & Working In County

3 4 5

Living OR Working in County

2 3 4

NOT Living or Working in County

1 2 3

  • The eligible registered participants in each priority point group will be randomly ranked using the randomize function of the computer.  The final list with rankings in each group will be published on the MPDU website.
  • The household ranked first has the first opportunity to purchase a home. If they decline, the household ranked second has the opportunity to purchase, followed by the household ranked third, etc. Declining to purchase a home does NOT in anyway penalize a household in future selections.  The builder's sales agent will contact the highest ranked participants, beginning with number 1 in the group with 5 priority points.  The number of participants that will be contacted depends on the number of homes available in that selection process.  For example, if 5 homes are available, the 5 highest ranked participants will be contacted.  If 1 home is available, only the top-ranked participant will be contacted.
  • Do not contact the MPDU Office to see when you will be called by the builder's sales agent.  The MPDU Office does not have this information.
  • The opportunity to purchase a resale MPDU is also assigned using a point-weighted RSD, as described above.  However, for many resales, in order to enter the RSD, interested participants must first attend one of two open houses that are held prior to the RSD in order to view and inspect the property.  The dates of these open houses are listed in the property description on the resale webpage.

How to Update Information about Your Certificate

If your household size, address, or income has changed, you must mail copies of the supporting documents to the MPDU office. Your information will not be updated until we receive copies of these documents. Please be aware that it may take up to 30 days for your information to be updated; therefore, it is important to send in the supporting documents as soon as the change takes place so that you will not miss opportunities to buy an MPDU. You will be contacted if additional documentation is required.

  • For a change in household size (new baby): a birth certificate or letter from a hospital or a tax return showing a change in a number of dependents.
  • For a change in marital status (getting married, getting divorced): marriage certificate or divorce decree.
  • For a change of address: a copy of your driver’s license, lease or utility bill.
  • For a change of contact information (new cell phone or e-mail): enclose a short note with changes.
  • For a change in income (more than $2,000): pay stub or letter on company letterhead verifying new employment and salary, PLUS a new pre-qualification letter from an HOC-approved lender.

Changes must be submitted in writing to the MPDU Program. (Include your Certificate number with all mailed documents).

Send copies of the documents to:
MPDU Office
Department of Housing and Community Affairs
1401 Rockville Pike, 4th Floor
Rockville, MD 20852

How to Renew Your Certificate

Step 1:  Print a Renewal Application

Step 2:  Complete the Renewal Application and Gather All Required Documents

Step 3:  Attend an MPDU Application Session

Steps and Instructions
Step Instruction
Step 1

Print a Renewal Application

When you are within 60 days of the expiration of your current Purchase Certificate, a link to "Print Renewal Application" will appear on your MPDU Status web page.

Step 2

Complete the Renewal Application and Gather All Required Documents

At the MPDU application session, you must provide ALL of the following documentation (applications with incomplete documentation will not be accepted):

  1. The completed MPDU Renewal Application form.

    Make sure you list all jobs held for each household member and include the addresses and phone numbers for each source of employment. You may attach extra pages if necessary.

    Enter only the names of those household members who will be living with you in the MPDU.

    Make sure all adults listed on the application sign and date the application.
  2. A new mortgage Pre-Qualification Letter from an  .
  3. A copy of your most recent tax return along with W-2 forms.
  4. If your taxes do not show your current address and you are seeking priority point for living in Montgomery County, proof of residency (lease, utility bill, etc.).
  5. Copies of the two most recent pay stubs for each household wage earner.
  6. If self-employed, provide a current year to date statement of income and expenses from self-employment. This document must be notarized.
  7. For each child over 18, please provide verification of their student status. If not in school, please provide copies of pay stubs from employment.
  8. Any other documents required for your application.
Step 3

Attend an MPDU Application Session

At the Application Session, your application and supporting documents will be reviewed and processed.  These MPDU Application Sessions are held several times every month at 1401 Rockville Pike, 4th Floor, Rockville, MD 20852.

NOTE  Renewal applications will not be accepted until your certificate is within 60 days of expiration.  Do not sign up for the application session until you have completed the renewal application and have all the required documents; incomplete applications will not be accepted.