Homebuyer resources in Sacramento, California

Buying a home in Sacramento can be a little less stressful thanks to CalHFA. | Photo via Vrbo

Even the idea of looking to buy a home can seem an overwhelming + daunting task sometimes, especially with Sacramento having one of the nation’s most competitive housing markets.

We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the programs available through the California Housing Finance Agency that can help ease that burden, especially for first-time homebuyers.

🏡 Down payments

Coming up with the cash to put a down payment on your home can be one of the biggest obstacles to overcome for some people. Thankfully, the state has recently rolled out the Forgivable Equity Builder Loan, which offers a zero-interest loan of up to 10% of the home’s value for first-time buyers to use as a down payment.

The loan is also forgivable, provided the borrower occupies the home as their primary residence for five years. There are income eligibility requirements, however, with interested borrowers in Sacramento County needing to make no more than $72,720 annually.

🏡 Mortgages

The state offers four main types of mortgage loans for first-time buyers, with the standard being the CalHFA FHA Loan Program, a 30-year, fixed-interest loan. The CalPLUS FHA Loan Program has a slightly higher interest rate, and is combined with the Zero Interest Program that helps with closing costs. There are specialized loans as well, such as the CalHFA VA Loan Program for military members and the CalHFA USDA Program for those looking to purchase homes in more rural areas.

🏡 Not just first-time buyers

If you or a loved one already owns a home + are looking to make space for more family members, the state will reimburse you up to $40,000 for creating a secondary unit — like a backyard cottage — on your property through the Accessory Dwelling Unit Grant Program.