There are many down payment assistance programs available, depending on where you live, where you work, and a number of other factors.
One popular program is through CalHFA (California Housing Finance Agency):
The money you put “down” or the down payment on your home loan can be one of the largest hurdles for many first-time homebuyers. That’s why CalHFA offers several options for down payment and closing cost assistance. This type of assistance is often called a second or subordinate loan. CalHFA’s subordinate loans are “silent seconds”, meaning payments on this loan are deferred so you do not have to make a payment on this assistance until your home is sold, refinanced or paid in full. This helps to keep your monthly mortgage payment affordable.
MyHome Assistance Program
Offers a deferred-payment junior loan of an amount up to the lesser of three and half percent (3.5%)* of the purchase price or appraised value to assist with down payment and/or closing costs.
Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program (ECTP)
This program is for teachers, administrators, school district employees and staff members working for any California K-12 public school, which includes Charter schools and county/continuation schools. Applicants must also be first-time homebuyers. Offers a deferred-payment junior loan of an amount not to exceed the greater of $7,500 or 3.5% of the sales price or in CalHFA-defined high cost areas an amount not to exceed the greater of $15,000 or 3.5% of the sales price*. Assistance can be used for down payment and/or closing costs.
*Please visit our Disclosures page for more details for all loan types.