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Homebuyer Mortgage Program

Program Overview

The Homebuyer Mortgage Program offers home loans at below-market interest rates primarily to people that have never purchased a home before or have not had an ownership interest in a house for at least 3 years.  Previous home owners might qualify for this loan if they intend to purchase a home in a federally targeted area that would benefit from an increase in home ownership.

CHFA is committed to helping Connecticut residents achieve their dream of homeownership and values its partnership with the qualified lenders for this program.  Prospective borrowers may apply directly for a Homebuyer Mortgage Program loan at their local CHFA-approved participating bank or mortgage company. (See, list of Participating Lenders near you.)    

Follow the links below for more information regarding the Homebuyer Mortgage Program.  

 

 

Homebuyer Mortgage Program Interest Rates

Currently, the Homebuyer Mortgage Program is providing mortgages at the following rate:

    • Government Insured Interest Rate: 3.125%** (APR range 3.225 - 3.625%)
    • Non-Government Insured Interest Rate: 3.375%**(APR range 3.475% - 3.875%)
    • Fees: Additional fees may apply.
    • Term: 30 years, fixed rate

** Please note, this rate is subject to change and additional fees may apply.


 

Who can apply for a Homebuyer Mortgage Program loan?

Primarily, the Homebuyer Mortgage Program is intended to benefit first-time homebuyers that meet minimum credit, income, and employment standards.   People who have owned homes before may also qualify for a loan under this program if they plan to purchase a home located in one of 18 designated areas in Connecticut targeted for revitalization.  (See, Targeted Areas.) 

  • Who are considered first-time homebuyers?

    First-time homebuyers are those who have never purchased a home before or have not had an ownership interest in a principal residence for the past three years.

  • What are the income guidelines to qualify for this loan?
    An applicant’s annual, before-tax household income must not exceed the CHFA income limits that apply to the geographic region where the applicant intends to purchase a home.  Borrowers gross income must not exceed CHFA's established income limits based on household size.

    The CHFA income limits do not apply for homes purchased in targeted areas, unless the applicant also borrows a loan under the Downpayment Assistance Program.
     

 

What types of property can you purchase with a Homebuyer Mortgage Program loan?

The Homebuyer Mortgage Program requires that loan applicants purchase homes that meet specific property and sales price guidelines. 

  • Property Guidelines:

    In order to qualify for this program, the applicant must use the loan to purchase a home in which he or she will reside year-round.  The applicant may not use the loan to purchase recreational, vacation, investment, commercial or rental properties. No part of the purchased property may be designed for commercial purposes.  

    In addition, the property must meet one of the definitions listed below:

    • Existing and new single-family homes, townhouses and Planned Unit Developments
    • Newly constructed homes that meet FHA’s energy efficiency standards (Ask your Participating Lender for more information.)
    • Condominiums must be approved by FHA, VA or Fannie Mae
    • Two- to four-family homes that have been used as residences for the past five years or newly constructed, two-family homes in a Targeted Area 
    • Mobile homes that meet FHA guidelines
       
  • Sales Price Guidelines:
    In order to qualify for this program, the purchase price of a home must not exceed the CHFA sales price limit established for the specific city or town in the state where the property is located.  (See, the CHFA sales price limits.)

 

What else should you know about a Homebuyer Mortgage loan?

The following additional considerations and restrictions apply to Homebuyer Mortgage Program loans.

  • You may qualify for help with your down payment and closing costs.
    For those who lack sufficient funds to cover the upfront expenses associated with purchasing a home, assistance is available statewide for qualified borrowers through the Downpayment Assistance Program (DAP).
     
  • Mortgage insurance may be required.
    Federal mortgage insurance is required under most CHFA loan programs.  The borrower's loan must be insured either through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Veterans Administration, or the USDA Rural Development

    When utilizing the HFA Preferred Loan Program, private mortgage insurance is required.

    No mortgage insurance is required when a borrower makes a down payment of at least 20% of the total purchase price. 
     
  • You may be required to pay a special federal tax if you sell your home within nine years.
    Under rare circumstances, CHFA mortgage loans may be subject to the Federal Recapture Tax at the time the property is sold.  The tax might apply if a borrower sells his or her home within nine years of the purchase date, makes a profit on the sale and has an income that exceeds federal recapture tax limits at the time of the sale.

 

How do you apply for a Homebuyer Mortgage loan?

To apply for a Homebuyer Mortgage Program loan, a prospective borrower should contact one of CHFA’s Participating Lenders for guidance through the loan application process.   Generally, the time from applying for the loan to closing the sale of the property is six to eight weeks.


 

Questions? Contact CHFA. 

Prospective borrowers should first contact their lender for information on this loan program.  For additional assistance, borrowers may contact CHFA’s single family underwriting department.

Phone:     (860) 571-3502
Fax:(860) 571-3550
Email:sfaminquiry@chfa.org


Mailing Address:
CHFA
Attn: Single Family Underwriting
999 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067-4005


 

Additional Information

The following documents are related to the Homebuyer Mortgage Program.  To open and view the document, click on the document title. 

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015 Borrower Eligibility Certificate - 014-1107 Rev6-14
This CHFA Disclosure Document is required to be signed by Borrower(s) to certify that both the borrower and the home that is being purchased meet the eligibility requirement for a CHFA loan.
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Counseling Class Schedule - 8 Hour Pre-Purchase Education Class - 3Q 2015
This chart list the 3rd quarter schedule for the Pre-Purchase Education class. These classes are available to prospective homebuyers.
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Counseling Class Schedule - 3 Hour Pre-Closing Education Class - 3Q 2015
This chart list the 3rd quarter schedules for the Pre-Closing Education classes. These classes are available to homebuyers who are getting a Downpayment Assistant loan and have a reservation number for a CHFA loan.
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Income and Sales Price Limits rev. 8-14-2015
This document details the income and sales price limits that are in effect in different geographic regions of the state.
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Program Brochure - Homebuyer Mortgage Programs (Spanish)
This brochure provides an overview of the CHFA Homebuyer Mortgage Program, the Downpayment Assistance Program and the Rehabilitation Mortgage Loan Program.
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Program Brochure - Homebuyer Mortgage Programs 4-2014
This brochure provides an overview of the CHFA Homebuyer Mortgage Program, the Downpayment Assistance Program and the Rehabilitation Mortgage Loan Program.
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