California First Time Home Buyer

Real Estate Market News

california-first-time-home-buyerThe overall housing maket is showing signs of improvement. The home values have gone up 5% in the last year and is expected to go up another 3% in the next 12 months. The fastest appreciating cities over the last few decades include Rolling Hills, Laytonville, Rancho Sante Fe, Hopland, and Malibu. A first time home buyer can find affordable homes in Sacramento, Fresno, and Bakersfield and own a home for less than renting which averages about $2,300. The best places to live in California include Palo Alto, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Some of the best small towns to live include Sebastopol, Los Alamitos, Emeryville, Pacific Grove, Arcata, and Auburn and these towns are eligible for the zero down payment program. Finally, banks have tightened credit guidelines but there are still some great 1st homebuyer programs such as FHA, VA, and USDA which have more flexible guidelines and can make homeownership a reality.

California First Time Home Buyer Programs

USDA 100% Financing Program apply now
Zero down payment
640 minimum credit score
Property must be located in targeted area. Check property eligibility. Email with property address if you want us to check if the home is eligible.
Income restrictions apply. Check income eligibility.  
NO PMI or Private Mortgage Insurance
Seller can pay 6% of purchase price toward closing costs

FHA Program apply now
Low down payment
620 minimum credit score
Check single family, condo, and 2-4 unit property loan limits
FHA approved condos eligible
Kiddie condo option: Parents or family member can co-sign on loan
Lower down payment than standard FHA program is available in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee if you purchase FHA Foreclosure
Down payment can be 100% gift or down payment assistance or grant funds
Seller can pay 6% of purchase price toward closing costs

Good Neighbor Next Door apply now
good-neighborGet home at 50% discount on home in target areas. Search homes now.
Must be law enforcement, police officer, teacher, firefighter, or emergency medical technician to be be eligible for this program
Low Down Payment Option available in HUD Participating Communities.**

Home Possible Neighborhood Solution Program apply now
teacher-first-time-home-buyer  You may be eligible for this program is you are a Teacher, Law Enforcement Officr, Firefighter, Healthcare Worker, Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Military Personnel
620 Credit Score
Reduced mortgage insurance which means lower monthly mortgage payment
Flexible Qualification Guidelines

VA Loan
apply now
va-first-time-home-buyer0 down payment
Great fixed rate loan program with 0 Down Payment for veterans or active military personnel in Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Reservists eligible with 6 years service.
620 minimum credit score
No maximum loan limit
Single family home-VA Approved Condos-townhome

FHA Streamline 203k Renovation Loan apply now
203k-rehab-loanRepairs which range from $5,000-$35,000+ may be included in loan amount.
Great program to fix up foreclosures. 
Visit 203K Loan for more details on Streamline 203k program

PMI Buster apply now
Low down payment
NO PMI or mortgage insurance
720 minimum credit score


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10 Steps To Buying Your First Home
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Search Homes
Search for homes in your area. Start working with a Realtor and get the lastest property listings emailed to your email inbox. The inventory of homes on the market are down so it is important that you take action and set up an appointment to see the home you like as soon as possible. In most cases, you should use a Realtor to increase your chances of getting your offer accepted on the home you have your heart set on.

California Down Payment Assistance
The CHF Access Program offers down payment assistance for 3% of purchase price to California first time home buyers.
Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program is intended for eligible teachers 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.