Buying a Home in California

Welcome to the California Resource Center. Whether you are new to California, or a native, we have plenty of resources to help you get educated about buying or financing a home.


City Websites in California

California City Websites
Provides links to city websites for local info and contacts for your questions.
City Websites in California


California School Ratings & Info

California State School “Report Cards”
California Schools Report Cards

School performance info for California
GreatSchools.org for California


California Property Research & Inspection Tools

California State Dept of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

One of the best sources of info for most environmental hazards.
California DEQ

California Buyers Inspection Advisory
A wealth of info on inspections, disclosures, environmental hazards, soil stability, more
Sample California Buyers Inspection Advisory PDF


Home Loan & Down Payment Assistance in California

California Loan Programs, Grants and Homeownership Assistance
California Homebuyer’s Downpayment Assistance Program (CHDAP)
CHDAP Financial Assistance

Statewide and Regional Homeownership Assistance
HUD listing of state & regional homeowner assistance

Teachers: California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) Loans

Low cost loans for qualifying member of CalSTRS

CalSTRS Loans

California Home Loan Educator, Scott Schang gives an excellent explanation of this unique program that may just be the best loan for teachers in the state of California:
“CalSTRS 80/17” explained

Public Employees

Fixed and adjustable rate loans, 100 percent loan financing, special loan programs

CalPERS Loan Programs

California Home Buyer Tax Credit

Governor Schwarzenegger extends $10,000 home buyer tax credit to Dec. 2010

Press Release about tax credit extension

Various California First Time Buyer Programs (great site!)

Seasoned Mortgage Professional Scott Schang does a terrific job of explaining your many loan options in California

Homeownership University of California


Good Neighbor Next Door Program

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Program that offers Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Pre-K thru 12th Grade Teachers a 50% discount off the list prices of homes.

HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program


California Tax Credit Details

We’ve gone to the best for an excellent explanation of the California Tax Credit- Homeownership University of California.  In this article, they discuss:  How to Apply, Frequently Asked Questions, and the Top 5 things you need to know.

California Tax Credit Information – The Complete Guide


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