Chenoa Fund is an affordable housing program administered by CBC Mortgage Agency (CBCMA), a federally chartered governmental entity. CBCMA specializes in providing down payment assistance financing for borrowers receiving a FHA 1st mortgage.
CBCMA’s mission is to increase affordable and sustainable homeownership, specifically for creditworthy, low- and moderate-income individuals. CBCMA partners with reputable mortgage lenders on a correspondent basis to provide down payment assistance for qualified home buyers in the form of second mortgages. All assistance is provided in compliance with FHA guidelines.
What does the Chenoa Fund Rate Advantage Program offer?
With Chenoa Fund’s rate Advantage program, the borrower may receive either 3.5% or 5% down payment assistance on an FHA loan. This assistance may be applied to the down payment, closing costs, prepaid items, or any combination of the three.
How does the borrower qualify for the Chenoa Fund Rate Advantage program?
In order to qualify for the Chenoa Fund Repayable Second DPA (down payment assistance) program, you must meet program criteria, including the following:
- Minimum credit score of 640
- Qualifying income is equal or less than 135% of the area median income for the county in which you will live
- Debt to income ratio cannot exceed 50%
With this program, you will be able to lock their first mortgage at market comparable rate.
Why was the Chenoa Fund Rate Advantage program created?
While many people do manage to purchase a home by saving for a down payment over a period of years, increasing home prices and stagnant or low wages can make this quite difficult. By helping responsible home buyers to overcome the challenge of the minimum investment required for a mortgage, CBCMA is helping to create healthy communities by improving the balance between home ownership and other types of housing. This way, new homeowners can start now building equity for their future, rather than potentially waiting for years to save a down payment while home prices become even more unaffordable.
CBCMA Does Not Originate Mortgage Loans. This is not an offer to lend money nor a solicitation of a mortgage application by CBCMA.