Chenoa Fund is an affordable housing program administered by CBC Mortgage Agency (CBCMA), a federally chartered government entity. CBCMA’s mission is to increase affordable and sustainable homeownership specifically for creditworthy, low- to moderate-income individuals. CBCMA partners with quality mortgage lenders on a correspondent basis.
CBCMA provides a second mortgage of 3.5% to meet the down payment required on 97% LTV conventional loans, and to assist with some of the closing costs. Borrowers receiving this assistance must meet the guidelines outlined for conventional standard 97% LTV loans or the HomeReady®* program.1
*Neither Chenoa Fund, CBCMA, nor any of their products are approved by or affiliated with Fannie Mae®. It is the originating lender’s responsibility to ensure that the use of CBCMA second mortgages, the first mortgage, and combination of the CBCMA second mortgage and the first mortgage are compliant with Fannie Mae® requirements.
How do you qualify for the Chenoa Fund Conventional program?
In order to qualify for the Chenoa Fund Conventional program, the borrower must meet program criteria, including the following:
- Minimum credit score of 640
- Debt-to-income ratio per AUS findings (Max 50%)
Qualifications2 for the conventional standard 97% LTV program:
- At least one of the borrowers must be a first-time homeowner
- No income limits under the conventional standard 97% LTV program
Qualifications2 for Fannie Mae’s HomeReady® program:
- Home must be located in a low-income census tract, otherwise borrowers must not exceed 100% of area median income (AMI)
- One of the loan applicants must complete a homeowner education course
Why was the Chenoa Fund conventional program created?
Homeownership isn’t for everyone—but housing is. While CBCMA’s minimum credit scores and debt-to-income ratio restrictions may put some borrowers out of the reach of receiving direct assistance, CBCMA believes that through assisting creditworthy families to overcome down payment barriers, CBCMA can reduce the competition for “rental” housing, which in turn helps to reduce its cost and increase its availability for those we cannot assist directly.
CBCMA does not originate mortgage loans. This is not an offer to lend money nor a solicitation of a mortgage application by CBCMA.
1 HomeReady® is a registered trademark of Fannie Mae.
2 CBCMA’s correspondent guidelines include additional overlays to the HomeReady® program.