MOHCD Loan Terms

For lenders

All of MOHCD’s loans have the following terms, unless stated in your loan documents:

  • Occupancy requirement: The borrower must live at the home that received the loan as their primary residence, for the duration of the loan.
  • First mortgage requirements: The first mortgage loan must be a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. The mortgage payment must be fully amortizing.
    • Loan Types not allowed: Reverse mortgage, stated income, ARM (adjustable rate mortgage), interest-only, negative amortizing, balloon payments
  • Title changes: MOHCD must approve any changes to the home's title. See details about requesting a title change »
  • No Prepayment Penalty: There is no prepayment penalty associated with payment of these loans prior to the due date. However, prepayment must be in full; the loan cannot be partially repaid. If there is a prepayment, the amount due and owing will be determined by an appraisal, at the homeowners own cost, to determine the amount of appreciation.
  • Not Assumable/Transferable: City loans are not assumable or transferable.  The loan must be paid in full upon sale or title transfer of the property.
  • Payoff Requests: Borrowers must submit a written request for payoff. If the borrower wishes to have a third party submit a request for payoff on their behalf, they must submit a signed authorization allowing MOHCD to provide information to the third party. In addition, borrowers must submit at their own cost, a current fair market appraisal report dated within 90 days of the payoff request submission. See details about payoff requests »
  • Refinance/Subordination: The loan can be subordinated to the refinancing of the existing first mortgage for a lower interest rate and/or better loan term. See details about refinancing and subordination »
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit and Home Equity Loans: MOHCD does not allow borrowers to open Home Equity Line of Credit and Home Equity Loans. Borrowers who use such programs are in violation of their Program restrictions and will not be allowed by MOHCD to refinance their loans. The loan will be due and payable with share of appreciation if the Borrower is deemed out of compliance with this policy and all other applicable program policies.
  • Closing appointment: The buyer must sign the Commitment Letter and Affidavit at MOHCD’s offices at 1 South Van Ness, within 5 business days of request.

Submitting applications

Lenders must send MOHCD loan application files through DAHLIA. We will give you login information once you’ve completed MOHCD Lender training.

See more information on lender training »

  • Loan officers named in the loan application package should match the loan officers named on the Final Mortgage Loan Application (Form 1003).
  • Supporting documents for each loan application package must be an original PDF (no fax or jpeg).
  • Email sheree.anderson@sfgov.org to confirm your application was submitted.

Loan Funding

The title or escrow company should use a bank account that the City has certified for outgoing wire transfers. It will take 5 business days to fund all loans after approving the closing documents.

If the title or escrow company is not using a certified bank account, funding may take longer.

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