CHFA extends special benefits to military families preparing for homeownership. We are proud to offer several financing options to help current members and veterans of any branch of Military Services, the Army National Guard, or the Air National Guard purchase their first home.
Military Mortgage Option
There is an additional 0.125% off already below-market interest rates for veterans or Military Service members loans. This program is open to unmarried, surviving spouses or civil union partners of a veteran who died as a result of Military Service or service-connected disabilities.
- Below-market interest rate mortgage
- Sales and income limit exceptions in certain areas
- Down payment assistance available
- You must be a first-time homebuyer or have not owned a home in the past three years.
- Your new home must become your primary residence. Investment or vacation properties are not allowed.
- The sales price of the home must be within the CHFA Sales Price Limits, and your gross income must be within the CHFA Income Limits. The CHFA Resource Map can tell you if you are within program eligibility limits.
- Single family homes, Townhouses, and Planned Unit Developments (PUDs)
- Condominiums that are FHA/VA-approved or Fannie Mae-eligible
- Two-to-four unit homes that have been used as residences for the past five years
- Newly constructed two-family homes that meet FHA energy efficiency standards
If you are not a first-time homeowner, or have owned a home in the past three (3) years, you may still be eligible for a CHFA loan if you plan to purchase in an area of the state targeted for revitalization, known as a Targeted Area. (You may not own any other property at the time of loan closing)
- Applicants purchasing a home in a Targeted Area should follow the income limits for "Targeted Areas" reflected on the CHFA Income, Sales Price Limits, Target Area chart.
- The programs published interest rate may be reduced by 0.25% for eligible applicants purchasing in a federally Targeted Area of the state.
- You will be required to attend a free Homebuyer Education class prior to closing. The class will help you understand the home-buying process and offer tips for maintaining your new home. Classes are held online and at locations across Connecticut.
- You must obtain mortgage insurance when the amount financed exceeds 80% of the appraised value or purchase price, whichever is less. Mortgage insurance may not be required with a down payment of 20% or more.
- In rare cases, you could be required to pay a Federal Recapture Tax if you sell your home within the first nine years, AND earn a profit, AND your income exceeds the designated Federal Recapture Tax Income at the time of sale. Should you fall into this category, you may be reimbursed by CHFA for the taxes paid if you complete and file the required forms. Consult a tax professional if you have questions on the Recapture Tax.
How to Apply
CHFA has nearly 70 participating lenders across the state, so contact a CHFA- Participating Lender near you and apply!