Chenoa Fund Downpayment Assistance Program

Chenoa Fund downpayment assistance loanThe Chenoa Fund downpayment assistance program offers 100% affordable financing for buyers who can meet basic minimum credit requirements and lack sufficient funds for a down payment.

The Chenoa Fund hombuyer assistance program offers two unique down payment assistance programs, Chenoa Fund Advantage and Chenoa Fund Edge, to meet the needs of today’s homebuyers.

Both the Chenoa Fund Edge and Chenoa Fund Advantage assistance programs provide 3.5% down payment assistance in the form of a 2nd mortgage that satisfies the minimum down payment required by FHA financing.

There are three features of the Chenoa Fund mortgage assistance program that make it different than other homebuyer assistance programs:

  1. Do not have to be a first time homebuyer
  2. No income limit (Edge)
  3. Debt-to-income ratio’s up to 56% w/ DU Approval (gives you more buying power)

The Chenoa Fund down payment assistance program is administered by the federally chartered CBC Mortgage Agency (CBCMA), a tribal government Housing Finance Agency of the Ceder Band of Paiutes, with the goal of increasing home ownership by providing affordable 100% financing to responsible and credit worthy individuals.

Chenoa Borrower Qualifications and Guidelines

 Chenoa Fund AdvantageChenoa Fund Edge
Income Limit* 115% of AMI or lowerNo limit
2nd MtgRepayable over 30 years w/ monthly paymentForgiven after 36 months (soft 2nd), no monthly payment
Loan AmountFHA High Balance allowedFHA Conforming County Loan Limit
Approval ProcessDU or Manual UnderwriteDU or Manual Underwrite
DTI Ratio Limit50%Whatever DU approves
Credit Score640620
1st Time HomebuyerNot required. Can own other propertyNot required. Can own other property
Sales Price LimitNoNo
Property TypeSFR & Condo, 1 unit, No ManufacturedSFR, Condo, 1-2 units, No Manufactured
Min Borrower Investment$0$0
Equity SharingNoNo
Homebuyer Ed ClassNoNo
Non-Occ Co-borrower/signerNot AllowedAllowed
OccupancyPrimary residence onlyPrimary residence only
Gift Funds AllowedYesYes
Geographic RestrictionsNoNo

* Search California FHA county loan limits here

Chenoa Fund Income Limit

The Chenoa Fund Advantage downpayment assistance program income is 115% of the HUD county area median income (AMI).  How to calculate this is very different than other assistance programs and can differ based on the number of people living in the household.  Contact me here to determine what the 115% AMI limit is in the county you want to purchase.

The Chenoa Fund Edge down payment assistance program has no income limit.

Alternative Options to the Chenoa Fund Downpayment Assistance Program

People always ask me “what is THE BEST down payment assistance or mortgage program to purchase a home with?”  Well, I hate to sound so vague, but the best program really depends on your individual scenario, needs and the downpayment assistance programs you qualify for.

The Chenoa Fund assistance program is not the be-all end-all in terms of homebuyer assistance programs.

There are other down payment assistance programs that have lower interest rates (and higher), some with lower fees (and higher), some that allow for credit scores down to 580, there are grants without a 3 year requirement and other programs that provide more assistance (up to $100,000) but have equity sharing and deed restrictions.

Chenoa Fund Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Which lenders offer the Chenoa Fund assistance program?

Answer:  Not many lenders or brokers are approved for this program, and those who are, even fewer have a experience with down payment assistance programs or actually present his option to their buyers.  Premiere Capital Mortgage (Me) is an approved mortgage broker that offer the Chenoa Fund down payment assistance program.

Q. What if I have the Chenoa Edge program and sell my home prior to making 36 payments?

Answer:  The assistance provided will have to be repaid back.

Q. Is Chenoa legal and compliant?

Answer:  Absolutely 100% yes!  The Chenoa Fund assistance program has been vetted by FHA and HUD for compliance and proven to be an effective solution to enable homeownership to eligible homebuyers for many years.

Q. How soon can I refinance after buying using the Chenoa Assistance program?

Answer:  FHA allows for a streamline refinance that doesn’t require an appraisal, in as little as 6 months.  It’s also possible to refinance into a Conventional loan in as little as 6 months, assuming the home appraises high enough.

Be Informed & Make the Best Decision

I strongly encourage buyers to explore all loan and homebuyer assistance options before they start their home search.  Unfortunately, most lenders refuse to promote, educate or disclose the many different options buyers have available to them.

In fact, you would be surprised at how many lenders or loan officers intentionally go out of their way to withhold, conceal, or flat out lie to prevent prospective buyers from learning about other loan options.

If you want to discuss your home purchase (or refinance) options, whether it be about down payment assistance programs or just to ask a 2nd opinion if you’ve already spoken to another lender….contact me.

The best way to learn about ALL your eligibility and options is to answer a few questions here or feel free to contact me here.

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