The MyHome Assistance Program offers applicants a deferred-payment junior loan up to 3% of the purchase price/appraised value of the mortgaged property in order to help make the down payment or pay the closing costs.

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MyHome Assistance Program

Financial Assistance for Homebuyers in California

The MyHome Assistance Program offers applicants a deferred-payment junior loan up to 3% of the purchase price/appraised value of the mortgaged property in order to help make the down payment or pay the closing costs.

Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify, the MyHome program must be combined with a California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) mortgage, in addition to the following guidelines:
  • They must be first-time homebuyers
  • They must occupy the home as their primary residence
  • They are required to successfully complete a homebuyer education counseling course
  • Homebuyers’ income must fall under certain MyHome limits, depending on the type of mortgage they have
  • Applicants must meet the requirement of their lender and mortgage insurer
Property Guidelines
In addition to borrower guidelines, there are some property requirements as well:
  • The home cannot exceed CalHFA's sales price limits established for the county.
  • The property must be a single-family, one-unit residence, including approved condominium/PUDs (Guest houses, granny units and in-law quarters may be eligible)
  • Manufactured housing on a permanent foundation is allowed when combined with a FHA first mortgage
  • Condominiums must meet the guidelines of the first mortgage
  • There is a five acre maximum on the size of the property
  • Leaseholds/Land Trusts and Co-ops are not permitted
  • The property must meet the requirements of the mortgage insurer/guarantor.
Homebuyer Education
CalHFA firmly believes that homebuyer education is critical to the success and happiness of a homeowner, and requires homebuyer education for first-time homebuyers using a CalHFA program. CalHFA will accept hard or online copies of homebuyer education counseling certificates.

Down Payment Grants in California

The City of Brentwood offers first-time homebuyers the Down Payment Assistance Program (DAP), which provides funds that go toward the down payment and/or closing costs. Assistance comes in the form of a deferred payment loan program for first-time homebuyers.

The CalHome Program provides applicants up to 17 percent of the total property price for down payment assistance, and 4 percent (up to $10,000) in closing costs assistance. These funds come in the form of a loan with 3 percent simple interest per year, accrued annually.

The California Homebuyer’s Downpayment Assistance Program is a deferred-payment junior loan that grants applicants up to 3% of the purchase price or appraised value of the property, which can be put towards the down payment and/or closing costs. 

The City of Downey has partnered with the local housing non-profit organization Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) to provide down payment assistance in the form of a $60,000 loan, via the Downey First-time Homebuyer’s Program.

​The First Time Homebuyer Loan Program that was established by the City of Emeryville  provides down payment assistance to households at or below moderate income. This initiative gets individuals out of the renter’s trap by helping them to pay the heavy, upfront costs of purchasing a home.

The Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program (ECTP) grants eligible applicants a deferred junior loan ranging between $7,500 and $15,000, which can only be combined with an eligible first mortgage loan from the California Housing Finance Agency.

Under the First Home Mortgage Program, applicants can receive up to 4 percent of the total first mortgage amount to be put toward paying the down payment and closing cost assistance. This assistance comes in the form of a grant, which has no repayment terms.

Califonia’s Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) created the Platinum Program, which provides low-to-moderate income California homebuyers with down payment and/or closing cost assistance to help them achieve their goals of purchasing a home.

The FTHB Program provides down payment assistance in the form of a loan, the maximum amount of which may not exceed the lesser of the maximum HOME subsidy limit, 20 percent of the purchase price, or the amount needed as determined by underwriting criteria. The maximum loan amount will never exceed the amount of the primary loan.

The MyHome Assistance Program offers applicants a deferred-payment junior loan up to 3% of the purchase price/appraised value of the mortgaged property in order to help make the down payment or pay the closing costs.

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