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  • New one of a kind package CalPlus Conventional with Zip Extra 0 percent interest on built in down payment 3 percent of loan amount plus $6500 extra. Click for more info.
  • New, save energy and money- Cal-EEM + Grant: Additional 4% Grant for energy upgrades with a 30-year fixed EEM Mortgage.Click for more info.
  • Grade A+ Extra Credit Teacher Program: Extra financial help for staff at California's high priority schools. Click for more info.
  • Seal the deal- California Homebuyer's Downpayment Assistance Program, Down payment and closing cost help for first-time home buyers. Click for more info.
  • Tax credits- Mortgage Credit Certificate: Lower your taxes with our federal tax credit program. Click for more info.

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Updated 11/21/14

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News & Updates

Bulletin 2014-21
Returned Wire Penalty Fees

Bulletin 2014-20
Changes to the CalHFA MCC Tax Credit Program

Bulletin 2014-19
Update to Property Eligibility

Bulletin 2014-18
Revision to California Homebuyer's Downpayment Assistance Program (CHDAP) Promissory Notes

Bulletin 2014-17
Changes to CalHFA Loan Program Requirements

Bulletin 2014-16
New CalPLUS Conventional with ZIP Extra: Additional Assistance for CalHFA First-Time Homebuyers

Did You Know?

Lenders receive a 1% Service Release Premium in addition to the origination fee on all CalHFA first mortgages!

Loan Program Handbooks

CalHFA has organized its program information into convenient handbooks for easy reference.  All the information for a given program—from qualifying criteria to forms & docs—is collected in one easy place. You can print them out for desktop reference, or browse and search them online in PDF format. Get familiar with their layout, and you'll be a CalHFA program whiz in no time.

FIRST MORTGAGE PROGRAMS

Conventional Loans (Conventional Program Matrix)

CalPLUS Conventional Loan Program
The CalPLUS Conventional program is a first mortgage loan insured through private mortgage insurance on the conventional market. This loan is fully amortized for a 30-year term and is combined with the CalHFA Zero Interest Program (ZIP) for down payment assistance only. First-time homebuyers can receive more down payment assistance through ZIP Extra.

CalHFA Conventional Loan Program
The CalHFA Conventional program is a first mortgage loan insured through private mortgage insurance on the conventional market. The interest rate on the CalHFA Conventional is fixed throughout the 30-year term.

Government Insured Loans (FHA Program Matrix)

CalPLUS FHA Loan Program Handbook
The CalPLUS FHA program is an FHA-insured loan featuring a CalHFA fixed interest rate first mortgage.  This loan is fully amortized for a 30-year term and is combined with the CalHFA Zero Interest Program (ZIP) for down payment assistance only. 

CalHFA FHA Loan Program Handbook
The CalHFA FHA program is an FHA-insured loan featuring a CalHFA fixed interest rate first mortgage.  This loan is fully amortized for a 30-year term. 

Cal-EEM + Grant Program
The Cal-EEM + Grant program combines an FHA-insured Energy Efficient Mortgage first mortgage loan with an additional Cal-EEM Grant, making energy efficient improvements even easier. The interest rate on the Cal-EEM is fixed throughout the 30-year term.

 

DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

California Homebuyer's Downpayment Assistance Program (CHDAP) Handbook
Offers a deferred-payment junior loan of an amount up to the lesser of three percent (3%) of the purchase price or appraised value to assist with down payment and/or closing costs. (CHDAP Program Summary)

Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program (ECTP) Handbook
Program intended for eligible teachers, administrators, classified employees and staff members working in high priority schools in California. Offers a deferred-payment junior loan of an amount not to exceed the greater of $7,500 or 3% of the sales price or in CalHFA-defined high cost areas an amount not to exceed the greater of $15,000 or 3% of the sales price. Assistance can be used for down payment. (ECTP Program Summary)

 

Subordination Process for CalHFA Junior Loans

Recent legislation has enabled CalHFA to subordinate existing junior loans if homeowners meet certain eligibility requirements. This legislation will help existing homeowners keep their homes by allowing them to refinance their existing first mortgage and not be forced to pay off their existing CalHFA junior loan(s).

Please review these instructions for where to submit subordination requests

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OTHER PARTNERSHIP & PROGRAM OPTIONS

Mortgage Credit Certificate Tax Credit Program (MCC)
A federal credit which can reduce potential federal income tax liability, creating additional net spendable income which borrowers may use toward their monthly mortgage payment.  This MCC Tax Credit program may enable first-time homebuyers to convert a portion of their annual mortgage interest into a direct dollar for dollar tax credit on their U.S. individual income tax returns.
-- Becoming a CalHFA MCC participating lender
-- Access MCC Training
-- MCC Participating Lenders

HUD - Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program may enable qualified first-time
homebuyers to receive monthly assistance for homeownership expenses in lieu of monthly rent aid. Pursuant to Congressional authority, HUD has authorized states and Public Housing Authorities (PHA's) to provide this assistance using funds available through the Section 8 rental voucher program.

The PHA's may choose to participate in offering the Section 8 for homeownership but are not required to do so. Under the Program at least 30% of the eligible homebuyers' income will go to pay the homeownership expenses with Section 8 covering the remainder.

For additional information:

Utility Energy Efficiency & Solar Programs
California's various Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) and Publicly-Owned Utilities (POUs) offer a variety of Energy-Efficiency and Solar programs designed to assist single-family and multifamily owners in covering or deferring the cost of making their properties go green.

Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces the heating and cooling costs for low-income families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring their health and safety. Among low-income households, the program focuses on those with elderly residents, individuals with disabilities, and families with children.

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