C.A.R. launches new tool to help home buyers bridge down payment gap
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 19) – In an effort to provide California home buyers with up-to-date information about available home buyer assistance programs, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today launched California Mortgage Resource Directory (http://mortgage.car.org), a powerful search tool that identifies current mortgage programs in communities throughout the state.
Buyers can search by city or address for public- and private-funded assistance programs including FHA/VA, HUD, affordable fixed-rate mortgages, rehab loans, and more.
“Millions of dollars go unused every year because home buyers are unaware of the various buyer assistance programs available to them,” said C.A.R. President Don Faught. “With California Mortgage Resource Directory, REALTORS® and buyers can quickly connect with any number of home buyer resources without having to search within each municipality individually.”
California Mortgage Resource Directory helps bridge the down payment gap for homebuyers and connects them with resources that they may not have otherwise known existed. The new directory is powered by Down Payment Resource, the nation’s only web-based aggregator of home buyer programs.
“With real estate-related searches growing more than 200 percent over the past four years, it’s clear today’s buyers are increasingly using online tools to find financial information,” said Rob Chrane, president and founder of Workforce Resource, creator of Down Payment Resource. “We’re excited to work with C.A.R. to deliver this valuable information to REALTORS® and home buyers alike.”
Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States with 155,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.
Down Payment Resource, winner of the 2011 Inman News Innovator “Most Innovative New Technology” award, helps potential home buyers become qualified buyers by connecting them to hard-to-find down payment assistance funds. The tool was developed by Workforce Resource (www.workforce-resource.com) and is made available through Multiple Listing Services, REALTOR® associations, and nonprofits.