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Apr. 11
News & Updates

Bulletin 2014-07
Revisions to the CHDAP program

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

Bulletin 2014-06
New Maximum DTI Ratio

ECTP Rate Reduction
Beginning March 17, 2014, the ECTP starting interest rate will be reduced from 5% to 3%. The interest rate will then decrease by 1% each year that the eligible borrower works in the high priority school. Once they've worked three years in the school, the interest will be forgiven.

Bulletin 2014-05
Updated Targeted Area Census Tracts

Bulletin 2014-04
Revisions to FHA-Mod/HAMP Loan Modification Program

Bulletin 2014-03
CalHFA to Allow Manual Underwriting for FHA loans

March Training
Dates for the March Lender Training have been posted.

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.


CalPLUS Loan Program Handbook
The CalPLUS 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 and can be combined with either the California Homebuyer Downpayment Assistance Program (CHDAP) or the Extra Credit Teacher Program (ECTP). 


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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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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