California Housing Finance Agency expands access to mortgage programs that help low-to-moderate income families buy homes by removing first-time homebuyer requirement; state's homeownership rate at 54.5% in Q1, 10 percentage points below national rate
June 16, 2014
– Agency Marks National Homeownership Month
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:
All CalHFA lending programs require homebuyer education for future homeowners. Borrowers must also meet income and sales price limits that vary by county.
“As we mark National Homeownership Month, CalHFA remains committed to helping Californians purchase affordable homes,” Cappio said. “Homeownership is a cornerstone for our communities and economy. With these new efforts, CalHFA is working to remove obstacles that prevent Californians from becoming homeowners.”
For nearly 40 years, CalHFA, a self-supported State agency that doesn’t rely on taxpayer dollars, has supported the needs of renters and homeowners by creating and financing progressive housing solutions so more Californians have a place to call home. CalHFA has helped more than 152,000 California families purchase homes. For more information, visit www.calhfa.ca.gov.
California Housing Finance Agency
Ken Giebel, 916-326-8606
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