All prospective affordable purchasers will need to complete an application sent by the community developer. Once completed the application should be sent to the City of Roseville Housing Division. All applications received that meet income eligibility requirements, will be included in the affordable lottery. Lotteries will be held on designated Fridays at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in the Civic Center at 311 Vernon Street in Roseville. Names are drawn randomly and placed in the exact numerical order drawn. Two separate lottery lists will be created; one for prospective purchasers with a local preference (live or work within the City of Roseville) and another for prospective purchasers with non-local preference (do not live or work within the City of Roseville). After the lottery, both lottery lists will be sent to the developer. The developer's preferred lender will contact all of the prospective purchasers in the exact order that they were drawn in the affordable lottery in order to start the loan qualification process. Prospective purchasers with local-preference will be contacted first. If the local-preference lottery list is exhausted, the lender will start contacting the prospective purchasers on the non-local preference lottery list. The City of Roseville does not qualify prospective purchasers for first mortgages.
Some factors may preclude individuals from qualifying regardless of their placement on either lottery list. These factors are low-credit scores, debt-to-income ratios, insufficient funds available for down payment or closing costs, etc.
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Home Buyer Training
All affordable purchasers, new construction and resales, are required to attend eight (8) hours of homebuyer training. This training will be performed by an accredited home buying counseling agency or lender. A typical training would include 3 hours of home buying process, 2 hours of budgeting and credit workshop and 3 hours of home maintenance/good neighbor training. Sacramento Home Loan Counseling Center is one agency that provides this type of training. If you would like information regarding the training they provide you may contact them at 916-646-2005 or visit their website at www.hlcc.net. Another agency that provides homebuyer training is Neighbor Works. You may contact Neighbor Works at http://www.nwsac.org/.
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Each affordable home will be appraised by an independent appraiser (approved by the City) to determine its market value prior to sale.To allow developers to sell these homes at market price, the City of Roseville will carry a second mortgage on the property equal to the difference between the market value and the calculated affordable price as assistance to the purchaser. The note terms of the second will be one of the following (loan type to be determined by the City):
Simple Interest: 2% simple interest (accruing for the 1st 15 years).
Shared Appreciation: 0% interest rate, with a shared appreciation component (the City will share a portion of the net profit the purchaser would make in subsequent sales, based on the original 2nd mortgage value divided by the market value of the home.)
No payments are required during the 30-year term, as long as the home remains the primary residence of the affordable purchaser. The second mortgage becomes due and payable either when the initial purchaser sells the property, the end of the 30 year term or if the affordable purchaser should:
- Rent the home
- Change the use from single-family residential
- Add someone to the title other than an immediate family member
- Change ownership of the property without prior City approval
- Refinance the home and that refinance is not approved by the Housing Division OR the refinance exceeds the affordable purchaser’s equity at time of refinance
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Affordable Resale Program
There are continuing obligations for the purchaser of an affordable home. For a period of fifteen (15) years, the affordable purchaser must notify the City’s Housing Division, if the home is to be sold a minimum of sixty (60) days prior to offering the affordable home for sale.The notice must be in writing and must include the proposed selling price, verified by an independent appraiser approved by the City at the homeowner’s expense.During the 60-day period, the City will attempt to find another qualified affordable purchaser for the home.If the City is unable to find an affordable purchaser for the affordable home within the 60 days, the homeowner may proceed with selling the home to the general public.
At the time of sale, the Assistance Second mortgage will be repaid to the City of Roseville.In addition, the interest will be calculated based on the length of years the home was owned.If the net proceeds are not sufficient to pay City’s Note plus enable the homeowner to recover the amount of the homeowner’s down payment, principal payments, and any capital improvement investment, City will forgive up to 6% of the total Note plus accrued interest for each year of ownership.The forgiveness of this debt shall in no way exceed the total amount of the homeowner’s down payment, principal payments, and capital improvement investments. In order to have these costs deducted, the Housing Programs Manager must approve proof of payment for the capital improvements. Examples of improvements would be landscaping, patios, wallpaper (first time only), storm doors, drapes, etc.
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The City of Roseville’s Housing Division will review the affordable home purchase on an ongoing basis to ensure the home has remained affordable and that no condition (stated in the “Initial Purchase” section) which would require payment of the assistance second note has occurred.This review will include, at a minimum, the City annually contacting the affordable homeowner to verify their continued primary residency. The City may change program policies, which may have an effect on the way the affordable housing program is operated.
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Contact the Housing Division with questions about Housing programs.