Voluntary tax assessment secured by equity in the subject property with payment collected via property tax bills.
SELF created and now administers the only non-profit PACE program in Florida for St. Lucie County.
Loan Products & Rates*
Origination and Project Management Fees for Residential projects are 4.5% for SELF + 3% for County.
- Subject Property must be located in St. Lucie County.
- Applicant(s) must prove ABILITY TO PAY (i.e., Employment, Social Security, Disability, etc.)**
- Net Equity in subject property
- Property Taxes must be current (last 3 years)
- Home Mortgage loans must be current (with proof)
- Primary Applicant cannot have a bankruptcy (past 3 years)
- Cannot be used for new construction or public buildings and facilities
- Not available to public entities
- Available for all land use types (e.g., Residential, Commercial, Agriculture, and Industrial)
**SELF and St. Lucie County upgraded Consumer Protections Standards for the local PACE program beyond state law (F.S. 163.08) by requiring residential applicants to prove their Ability to Pay.
Eligible improvements include Clean Energy (e.g., solar PV), Energy Efficiency (e.g., A/C), and Wind Hazard Mitigation (e.g. Roofs, Windows).
SELF also provides project management from start to finish, including: pre-screening all contractors to verify applicable licenses, insurance and a good track record; reviewing quotes to prevent price-gouging; and, coordinating with local building officials and homeowners before making final payment to the contractors.
What is PACE?
St. Lucie County’s Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is a local government sponsored alternative financing program to make renewable energy and wind resistance improvements to qualifying properties.
PACE financing is a voluntary land secured assessment and is paid back over time on the property tax bill.
Financing is secured by equity in the subject property and remains with the property and not the owner.
PACE financing is not a personal or business loan and no credit check is required for the program.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Property owners must have equity in the subject property and be current on property taxes over the previous three (3) years.
Is the PACE program free?
No. Funding from the PACE program is not free. To participate, you must meet all Eligibility Requirements and have the Ability to Pay all applicable fees, principal, and interest. PACE assessments are paid through annual installments as an additional non-ad valorem line item on your property tax bill. When the assessment is paid in full, the lien and line item will be removed.
Do I pay interest for the financing?
Yes. The PACE program provides 100% upfront financing and charges interest over the selected repayment term. Interest rates are adjusted quarterly by Inland Green Capital LLC, in accordance with the Financing Agreement with St. Lucie County and federal Treasury bill rates.
Are there any other costs?
Yes. The PACE program charges up-front fees based on a percentage of total project costs and administration fees based on a percentage of annual payments. Applicants may pay upfront fees at the time of approval or roll these fees into the principal, which is payable each year with interest during the repayment term. Please note the local government administrative fees are charged annually as a part of the tax collection process.
Please closely review the Financing Estimate and all applicable fees for your PACE assessment before making a final decision.
How do I repay the PACE funds?
Repayment of PACE funds occurs through a voluntary assessment on your property tax bill. If you have a mortgage, your lender may include the property taxes and assessment in your monthly escrow payment. If so, your monthly mortgage payment will increase accordingly. Note that your mortgage lender will typically not make the adjustment until they receive the first tax bill with the PACE assessment. Please contact your lender for immediate adjustments.
What happens if I have trouble making the increased tax payment?
Do not proceed with a PACE assessment unless you have the ability to pay the principal, interest, and fees. If you default on your PACE program obligations, by failing to pay your property taxes, a tax certificate will be sold on the subject property. After two years of an unpaid tax certificates, your property could be sold through the Tax Deed Application process.
Can I refinance my home while I still am making payments to the PACE Program?
PACE liens may impede your ability to refinance your mortgage loan or to receive a mortgage loan modification. Some lenders will not enter into new loan terms while a PACE program lien is assessed against the subject property. You may be required to prepay the PACE assessment as a requirement to refinancing, and prepayment fees will be charged on the outstanding balance of the PACE assessment.
Can I sell my home before I have paid off the PACE Program lien?
The PACE program lien is automatically transferred to the buyer when you sell the home; however, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs may not insure mortgages with PACE assessments. Lenders are not required to accept PACE program liens. As a result, you may be required to prepay the PACE assessment as a requirement to selling the subject property, and prepayment fees will be charged on the outstanding balance of the PACE assessment.
What documents do I need to apply?
- Completed Application with Signature(s)
- Promise to Pay – PACE Application & Title Search Fee Form
- Copy of Photo Identification of all signers
- Proof of Income supported by one or more of the following documents: Most current 2 months’ pay-stubs and/or W2 forms, Social Security and/or Disability Statement(s), Retirement statement(s), Rental Agreement for rental income.
- Self-Employed/Commission Borrowers must provide most current 2 years of tax returns (1040 forms and 1120’s when applicable) or 6 months of bank statements. (Include all pages and schedules & Profit and Loss statements.
- Copy of 3 Current Mortgage Statements (Most Recent 90 days)
- 30 Day Lender Notification Letter