One of the biggest challenges facing homebuyers in California, is coming up with the down payment and closing costs associated with a home purchase. — We are here to help!
GSFA's down payment assistance (DPA) programs are available for the purchase or refinance of a primary residence in California. The DPA can be used towards down payment, closing costs, or to reduce the principal on the First Mortgage Loan.
Programs are designed to be flexible and accessible, with no requirement that the applicant be a first-time homebuyer to qualify. You don't have to have perfect credit and the income limits are very generous, much higher than you might think. Plus, borrowers with income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income may qualify for additional features, such as improved interest rates, lower MI coverage requirements and more DPA assistance.
To learn more about individual down payment assistance programs sponsored by GSFA, click the links below. When you are ready to apply or have specific questions about what Program is the right fit for you, reach out to one of our Participating Lenders. Our Lenders will explain program guidelines, provide interest rates and APRs, look at finances and help you make the right decision for your specific situation and needs.
If you are a homebuyer interested in applying for any of the GSFA down payment assistance programs, reach out to one of the GSFA Participating Lenders. Our Lenders will explain program guidelines, provide interest rates and APRs, look into your finances and help you make the right decision for your specific situation and needs.
I was helped with down payment assistance.
It is with much enthusiasm that I am writing to recommend the services of GSFA. It if wasn't for them I probably wouldn't have [sic] been able to even think about purchasing my home. So they really helped me a lot. I am very happy and excited! Thanks, GSFA.
Amazed there was anyone out there willing to help…
We would most definitely recommend the program to others and we would tell them, 'There is a wonderful program that wants to help you own your own home and are willing to gift you the money. Really, this is a true story, it happened to us, ask your lender to look into it, it is a blessing.'
Home sweet home…
We were super blessed that with your donation you made it possible to finally provide a family in need a place to call home.
We prayed to God to offer us an opportunity with our children.
We lived in Florida, Arizona, Washington, and Colorado and me and my wife were first generation trying to create that American Dream! It was almost impossible to afford a home in the Bay Area. We were paying $2,100 for a 1-bedroom apartment in the San Jose area. When COVID hit, homelessness was everywhere, people were being evicted and everyone seemed to be in survival mode. With our 2 children, there just was not enough space! Your grant made our dreams come true.
This has been a life changing event.
Our move here has impacted people in this community. My son is severely disabled. I could not care for him on my own as I worked tirelessly and then manage his medical issues, schooling, and behaviors. I was overwhelmed as a single mom. But, this home, this place has given me the opportunity to be home and manage. In turn, he has progressed. He has given his teachers a new perspective, his classmates compassion and the community inspiration and respect for others they may have never had before we moved here.
Life has changed for the better.
I would have never believed that I could ever buy a cond[o]. I love having this 3-bedroom, 3 bath home with 1,821 sq ft on a 2,911 sqft lot that was estimated at $282,000. I thank Golden State Finance Authority Platinum Down Payment Assistance Program for their help to offset my down payment. I felt that I had attained the American dream, which I had heard about, but never believed that I could accomplish, being a black man born and raised in the projects in Detroit.
It was quick and easy…
We had started planning for purchasing a home a year in advance but we were slow on the saving up for the down payment, as well as have enough left over in regular savings. Through research online and meeting with a loan specialist, we learned that we qualified for assistance and did not need the large sum of money we thought we did. With the forgivable loan from GSFA, we were able to realize our dream of being homeowners. It was quick and easy and before we knew it, we had already closed on our home. We are so happy with our purchase and GSFA was able to make that happen.
Next entered our Angels…
Without your program we would still be renting and trying to saving the 3.5% or more that was required for the down payment. As you are aware that can become a monumental task on low income or retirees such as ourselves. Thank you for the work that you do for folks like us.
Completely elated and excited…
Being a young adult woman in the U.S. Navy I never thought it would be possible to buy a home. My plan was to use the VA home loan with no downpayment. When I realized they wouldn't appraise the house I wanted I was stuck in a pickle. When my loan officer told me about GSFA I was shocked. I went from being completely unprepared and worried about the closing costs to completely elated and excited. Being a first time homebuyer is a very stressful process but thanks to you it turned out very smooth.