down payment assistance: 1/2% Down Payment Option Now Available for First-Time Homebuyers! - 03/07/12 01:15 PM
If you are considering buying your first home, you may be able to do so with only a ½% down payment!
FHA requires a 3.5% investment of your own funds when using FHA financing for a home purchase.  But, beginning March 1, 2012, the California Homebuyer's Downpayment Assistance Program (CHDAP) is offering downpayment assistance of up to 3% of the purchase price or appraised value, whichever is lower.  That means you would only need ½% of your own funds to purchase a home!
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down payment assistance: Down Payment Assistance Grant Program Now Available in California - 01/04/11 06:16 AM
Special program offered in California--first mortgage loan with a 3% down payment assistance grant for low- to moderate-income buyers!
  Grant may not exceed 3% of the first mortgage loan amount
Proceeds may be used for down payment and/or closing costs
Mortgage loan types - FHA, VA and USDA
Seller concessions allowed
Not limited to first-time homebuyers
Available through participating lenders
Borrower Eligibility:
•·       Occupy the residence as their primary residence; non-occupant co-borrowers are not allowed
•·       Borrower income cannot exceed income limits for the county in which the property is located
•·       Minimum 640 FICO score for all USDA transactions