CalHFA Lender Manual & Program Bulletins

Lender Manual

CalHFA's Lender Program Manual is directed to mortgage professionals, such as lenders, loan officers, underwriters, brokers, escrow officers and servicers. It is intended as a guide for originating loans for purchase by CalHFA. The Manual is periodically amended and/or updated by Program Bulletins. Lender Program Manual (pdf)

The current version of the Program Manual was revised 08/2017. Please refer to the subsequent Program Bulletins for the most current information.

Program Bulletins - Current Year

CalHFA Program Bulletins are addendums to the Lender Program Manual and important communication tools to our lending partners. These bulletins are provided in Adobe PDF format and require Adobe Reader to open and view them.

Bulletin # Title
#2019-08 Lower Interest Rates for Conventional Loans with no Subordinates
#2019-07 CalHFA to Add a 2% ZIP Option and Eliminate the 4% ZIP Option
#2019-06 CalHFA to Offer Lower Interest Rates on Conventional First Mortgages for Certain Eligible Borrowers
#2019-05 Elimination of Resubordination Process
#2019-04 New Interest Rate for the MyHome and School Program
#2019-03 One Promissory Note and One Deed of Trust for All CalHFA Subordinate Loans
#2019-02 New Borrower’s Affidavit and New Restriction on Non-Occupant Co-Signors
#2019-01 CalHFA to Use Lender’s Credit Qualifying Income

Archived Program Bulletins, sorted by year
All Program Bulletins, sorted by subject
Archived Enews Announcements, sorted by year


Updates and changes will be announced from time to time via a Program Bulletin ("Program Bulletin" or "Program Bulletins") and Lenders should sign up for Enews announcements and monitor CalHFA’s website for specific Program Bulletin updates and changes to the Program Manual.

Whenever possible, CalHFA will provide its Lenders a five (5) business day notice via a CalHFA Program Bulletin or Enews announcement regarding program and policy changes.

Some exceptions may apply to the notification policy, such as daily interest rate announcements and changes directed by other state (e.g. State Treasurer’s Office), federal (e.g. GSEs, FHA) or private (e.g. Master Servicer and Mortgage Insurance provider) partners who have not allowed sufficient time for a 5-day notification.

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Updated 02/19/2019

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News & Updates

Dates for March Lender Training have been posted

Program Bulletin #2019-08 - Lower Interest Rates for Conventional Loans with no Subordinates

Program Bulletin #2019-07 - CalHFA to Add a 2% ZIP Option and Eliminate the 4% ZIP Option

Program Bulletin #2019-06 - CalHFA to Offer Lower Interest Rates on Conventional First Mortgages for Certain Eligible Borrowers

Program Bulletin #2019-05 - New Borrower's Affidavit and New Restriction on Non-Occupant Co-Signors

Program Bulletin #2019-04 - New Interest Rate for the MyHome and School Program

Program Bulletin #2019-03 - One Promissory Note and One Deed of Trust for All CalHFA Subordinate Loans

Enews announcements can be found on our Archived Page

Suspense Inquiries

For suspense items, refer to our MAS

Files in suspense status will only be reviewed once all suspense items are uploaded into MAS. Files are reviewed in date order and are given a rush review.

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