Buyers Resources

This page provides Santa Clarita home buyers information on:
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  • Down Payment Assistance
  • School Information
  • Crime Information/Maps
  • Mortgage Calculators
  • Inspections
  • Recent Price Trends

Down Payment Assistance

is there such a thing as easy money for a home?
Dozens of programs and institutions offer down payment assistance. See which sources of down payment assistance you might qualify for. Last June, Down Payment Resource released an analysis of over 1,650 homebuyer assistance programs available through state, which found that 90 percent are funded, and that 70 percent of homes for sale could be eligible for one or more assistance programs. CHF (California Home Finance Authority) provides homebuyer assistance to address the challenge faced by many people, coming up with cash resources for down payment and closing costs when purchasing a home. Engaged? Consider crowd-sourcing your down payment using a fundraising site like Zimplemoney.

The GFSA Platinum down payment assistance program, in particular, provides up to 5% of the loan amount in a non-repayable grant. (You don’t have to pay this back!) CalHFA has published new income guidelines as of April 2016:
$63,500 – 1 person in household
$72,550 – 2 people in household.
$81,600 – 3 people in household.
$90,700 – 4 people in household.
$97,950 – 5 people in household.

Consult an approved CALFHA lender for more details.

The AmeriDream program offers gift funds up to 10% (usually 3-6%) of the home’s purchase price which do not have to be paid back. Buyers must agree however, to return any funds that are not used toward down payments. AmeriDream is intended for low-to moderate income families, but there are many down payment assistance programs with no income requirements, asset limits or credit checks. 

The USDA Rural Loan Program also has some surprising availablity for Stevenson Ranch and Acton/ Agua Dulce residents to get ZERO DOWN loans.

The Affordable Loan Solution Mortgage from B of A offers the Holy Grail of a 3% down mortgage with NO mortgage insurance.

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School Information

While this site automatically provides a school map with every listing you click on, sometimes you want to see the big picture.
The Schools Finder features an interactive Map to locate which schools are located near your area of interest. Still want more? Here’s our entire page dedicated to Santa Clarita School information.

Crime Research

The Crime Map from the L.A. Times gives you real-time insight about our SCV neighborhoods. Though Santa Clarita ranks as one of the Ten Safest Cities in America, it always helps to learn about neighborhoods. 

You can also use the freshly updated site for drilling down to the STREET LEVEL for data on 10 different types of crimes.

Mortgage Calculators

Try the Home Affordability Calculator to get a better idea of the highest priced home you might qualify for.

New York Times Rent vs Buy Calculator Image
The New York Times has an awesome, and SIMPLE calculator for weighing the pros and cons of renting vs. buying. 
Here’s a hint: in Southern California, for the foreseeable future? Buy.

The FHA has its own set of guidelines. Visit their FHA calculator here.

Just want simple mortgage numbers in a pinch?

Home Inspections

When your offer is accepted, the FIRST THING you will want to do is schedule a home inspection. Why? Take a look.
We have a great inspector, but you are welcome to find one on your own. Prices typically range from $275-$550 depending on size of the home, and whether you are getting sewer lines or pools checked as well..

I have a few preferred vendors I use, listed below, but you should call and get your most pressing questions answered yourself.

JPI Home Inspection Service

Jeff Pope (661)212-0738 

Mazza Inspections

Marc Mazza – 866-996-2992

Advanced Inspections

Ed Slater (661) 252-7331

NPI-National Property Inspections 

Charlie Garcia 661-373-1900

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