Below-Market Rate Homes for Sale in Pleasanton
Homebuyers who previously benefited from the City of Pleasanton’s Below-Market Rate (BMR) programs can pass along the opportunity to the next owner when they sell their home. This ensures that there will be affordable housing available for future generations of Pleasanton residents. Sign up for our Stay Connected newsletter to learn about BMR homes for sale in the City of Pleasanton and other opportunities in the Bay Area.
- Eligible households must have at least one member and no more than five members to qualify for this home.
- All household members must be first-time homebuyers and live together at time of application.
- Homebuyers must have sufficient creditworthiness to qualify for a first mortgage. Creditworthiness includes: a) not having filed bankruptcy in the last three years; and b) minimum FICO credit rating of 660 points.
- Households must have at least a 3% down payment.
- Households must be able to qualify for a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage.
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawfully permitted for permanent residence.
- All households must earn below 80% of the Area Median Income.
Pleasanton Preference Point Criteria
Applicants can qualify for up to a maximum of 21 preference points based on the criteria below. All applicants will be ranked based on the total number of preference points the household earns through any combination of preference point criteria. For more information on the City of Pleasanton’s preference points, please review the Resolution Establishing Preference Points and the Affordable Homeownership Guidelines. Please note, all preference points will be verified during the application process for those households invited to apply.
Preference Point Criteria:
- 20 Points: At least one adult household member currently Lives and Works in the City of Pleasanton and has done so for two or more years.
- 18 Points: At least one adult household member currently Lives and Works in the City of Pleasanton and has done so for less than two years.
- 16 Points: At least one adult household member currently Lives or Works in the City of Pleasanton and has done so for more than two years.
- 14 Points: At least one adult household member currently Lives or Works in the City of Pleasanton and has done so for less than 1 year.
- 12 Points: At least one adult household member has an immediate family member who currently Lives in the City of Pleasanton and has done so for at least the 2 years prior to time of application.*
- 10 Points: All others who do not qualify for the above preference point criteria.
One bonus point will be given to households who qualify for one, any, or all of the below points.
- 1 Point: Single Parent Head of Household.**
- 1 Point: Disabled Person Head of Household.***
- 1 Point: At least one adult household member has lived in the City of Pleasanton for 7 continuous years or longer prior to the time of application.
*”Immediate Relative” is defined as a son, daughter, brother, sister and/or a parent.
**”Single Parent Head of Household” is defined as a biological or adoptive parent or guardian having legal and physical custody of a child under the age of 18, who will be living in the affordable home.
***”Disabled Person” is defined as a head of household who has a medically documented permanent physical or mental impairment which prevents him/her from maintaining full time regular employment.
Program Income Limits (effective 2017)
|Household Size||Income Limit at 80% AMI|
|6 people||Not Eligible|
|7 people||Not Eligible|
The Application Process
Buying a home, especially in the Bay Area, is an emotional journey. And because of the scarcity of affordable homes for sale, the competition to buy an affordable home in today’s market can be tremendous. Our goal is to create a qualification process that meets Pleasanton’s program requirements AND is respectful of your time. With this in mind, we have broken the application process down into a few key steps.
What to Expect
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