Homebuyer Programs

Below Market Rate Ownership Program

Below Market Rate (BMR) units are placed on the market for sale by their owners. Learn more online. Click here to view currently BMR units

First Time Home Buyers Down Payment Assistance Loans for Market-Rate Units

The First Time Homebuyer Loan Program provides down payment assistance to households at or below moderate income who are purchasing a home in Emeryville. Learn more online.

Homebuyer Education Workshop

Attending a workshop on the home buying process is recommended. If your application is approved for either the purchase of a BMR unit or for a down payment assistance loan on a market rate unit, this will be a requirement. The City does not offer these courses directly, however there are many local organizations that do. To meet the homebuyer program requirement, the City will accept any HUD-approved 8-hour course completed up to six-months prior to close of escrow. See HUD’s website to find local options: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm. 

Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program

Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) runs the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program throughout the County. A MCC provides the income eligible first-time home buyer with an opportunity to reduce the amount of federal income tax they owe each year they own and live in their home. The MCC assists a family in qualifying for a higher first mortgage, with no effect on monthly expenses. Learn more online.

For more information on Emeryville's Homebuyer Programs contact the homebuyer desk at (510)596-4303 or email homebuyer.