CHAC provides low interest, flexible loans to low and moderate (80% AMI in most areas, 100% AMI in Arvada when using the Arvada program) income first time home buyers for down payment and closing cost assistance throughout Colorado. The loan is recorded as a second mortgage (lien) on the property being purchased. All of the loans require repayment, usually monthly payments, although the start date of those payments may vary. All borrowers are required to have a minimum contribution of $1,000 (minimum for the disability program is $750.00) that cannot be a gift.  Other exceptions may apply.

For FHA, CHAC is considered an Instrumentality of Government for secondary financing purposes. For conventional products, CHAC’s programs meet the requirements for “community seconds.” For all first mortgage products, lenders, please check with your underwriters and investors for additional overlays or requirements. If you need more information or CHAC needs to submit items for approval, please contact: MichelleM@chaconline.org.

General Information

  • The first mortgage lender will submit the application on the borrower’s behalf, after a property is under contract and the first mortgage product type selected. Specific rules of the first mortgage may affect the amount and terms of the CHAC assistance available.
  • The buyer must attend a site based CHFA/CHAC approved first time homebuyer class, before the CHAC application is submitted. E-Home will only be accepted for downpayment assistance applicants with prior approval from CHAC staff.
  • Once the CHAC loan is committed, the buyer will be required to sign certain legal disclosures and attend a CHAC borrower counseling session. This is DIFFERENT from the first time home buyer class and provided only by CHAC. (Buyers outside the metro area can complete this requirement by phone).
  • The CHAC loan will close in conjunction with the real estate and first mortgage closing.

Statewide – COLORADO

  • CHAC offers financial assistance in all areas of the State. There are exceptions for certain program types.
  • If the home being purchased is in an area that has a separate downpayment assistance program, such as Douglas or Boulder counties, check on that specific program before submitting an application to CHAC.

Basic Conditions

  • Appraised value must be greater than or equal to sales price
  • Nonresident co-borrowers are not allowed
  • All household residents must provide proof of lawful presence in the United States
  • Property must NOT have been tenant occupied unless the tenant is the buyer
  • A standard home inspection is required
  • All health and safety issues must be repaired
  • All properties must have functioning Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors properly installed
  • All borrowers must complete a CHFA approved First Time Homebuyer Class
  • All borrowers must ALSO complete the CHAC Borrower Counseling Session (Prior to closing but following CHAC conditional commitment)

Additional conditions may be required and will be listed as part of the Conditional Commitment package when it is sent to the lender.

Loan Amounts, Rates, Terms Program Descriptions

  • Loan amounts, rates, terms and fees vary depending upon the geographic location of the property being purchased and the program/funding available.
  • Loan amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000
  • Rates: 0% to 6% APR: 0% to 7.75%
  • Terms: 12.5 years — 30 years

Eligibility

CHAC Borrowers MUST

  1. Earn less than 80% AMI (Area Median Income). This is an income limit established annually by HUD, based on Family Size and geographic area, (usually counties or metropolitan areas).
    1. Within the City of Arvada, and when using the Arvada program, the borrower income limits are 100% AMI.
  2. Be considered FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS: (Have not had an ownership interest in residential property for the previous 3 years-limited exceptions apply)

Qualifications

These are CHAC guidelines. The application will be underwritten based on all parts of the file, including compensating factors:

  • Ratios: 35%-45%
  • Credit: Overall credit history will be reviewed. All collections and judgments must be cleared or have established payment plans. Please submit a letter of explanation about any negative items.
  • No Credit: Submit 3 sources of alternative credit with initial application
  • Payment Shock: New housing costs should not exceed 150% of current rental costs. If this is NOT true, please submit a budget for all new housing costs and a letter of explanation
  • Savings: There is no minimum or maximum amount of reserves required. Savings can be an excellent compensating factor.
  • Job/Income stability: There is no minimum amount of time, but overall income stability will be considered when the file is underwritten

Please direct further questions to NewLoans@chaconline.org.

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