CalHFA Expands Programs to Help Low to Moderate Income Californians Purchase Homes
The California Housing Finance Agency announced today a major program expansion to help more low to moderate income California families purchase homes.
CalHFA will remove the first-time homebuyer requirement on its first mortgage programs to allow more California homebuyers to take advantage of the benefits of CalHFA’s affordable financing.
The new policy goes into effect today, June 16.
“CalHFA’s mortgage loans will now provide more low to moderate income families across the state with affordable opportunities to purchase homes with fixed-rate mortgages and down payment assistance programs,” said CalHFA Executive Director Claudia Cappio.
California’s homeownership rate stands at about 54.5 percent as of the end of the first quarter of this year, according to U.S. Census estimates, a full 10 percentage points below the national homeownership rate. California’s rate dropped from more than 60 percent before the Great Recession.
Studies also show that homeownership is linked to stronger neighborhoods, better educational achievement, civic participation and healthier outcomes. CalHFA’s lending programs provide unique opportunities for families to purchase homes, including:
– Offering a first mortgage for 97 percent of the value of the home, combined with a 3 percent built-in down payment second.
– Access to no interest and low-interest down payment assistance loans that don’t have to be repaid until the home is sold, refinanced or the mortgage is paid off.
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