Why did we create POPPYLOANTM?
We were seeing too many people interested in home loans, who were qualified in every way, and either didn’t have enough money saved up, had to tap into their retirement accounts, or needed to borrow from a family member for the 20% down payment required for a conventional mortgage loan.
We also see Bay Area rents skyrocketing. Many people can actually afford the monthly mortgage (look at the amount of money being paid in rent each month!), but have a difficult time securing funds for the necessary down payment. We wanted to find a solution to this growing problem and help our community.
As San Francisco’s credit union of choice, we created a real solution for our community. Our “Proud Ownership Purchase Program for You,” or POPPYLoan, is our answer.
Who can apply for a POPPYLOAN?
All applicants must qualify for membership in San Francisco Federal Credit Union and be at least 18 years old. Applicants must be able to show proof that he/she lives, works, goes to school or worships in San Francisco or San Mateo County and be purchasing a primary residence in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano or Santa Clara.
POPPYLoan eligibility also depends on a number of additional factors, such as credit scores, income, employment status, and property value and eligibility.
What types of properties are eligible?
POPPYLoan is available for primary owner-occupied residences only. This includes single-family homes, condos, town-homes, and 2-to-4 unit multifamily dwellings in which the borrower(s) is the primary occupant.
What is the minimum down payment for a POPPYLoan?
POPPYLoan has no down payment requirement. Maximum loan amount and program requirements apply.
Do you require taxes and insurance be paid with my mortgage payment?
Yes, we require you to establish an impound or escrow account which will pay your annual taxes and insurance when they become due. The payment is paid each month with your regular principal and interest payment on your loan.
Can I refinance an existing mortgage with a POPPYLoan?
No, POPPYLoan is not available to refinance an existing mortgage loan.
Do you require private mortgage insurance (PMI)?
No, there is no requirement for PMI.
What type of loan is a POPPYLoan?
POPPYLoan is a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage which is amortized over 30 years. This means the interest rate and monthly payment are fixed for the first 5 years of the loan and adjusts annually thereafter. The loan has an opportunity to reprice at the 5 yr mark and then once annually at a max of 2% at each adjustment and no more than 6% over the life of the loan.
Does POPPYLoan require a property appraisal?
Yes, prior to final approval of the loan, a property appraisal with an interior and exterior inspection will need to be completed to verify the property meets eligibility standards. What is your rate lock policy? San Francisco Federal Credit Union may grant a 45-day rate lock at the time we receive your properly executed sales contract and the required disclosures. Otherwise, please note that mortgage rates may change on a daily basis.
What fees does the credit union charge for POPPYLoan?
Yes, San Francisco Federal Credit Union charges a $1,700 loan origination fee for any type of mortgage loan with an LTV above 80%. POPPYLoan also has an additional origination fee based the loan-to-value and credit score. Please contact us for more details. Plus, you are also responsible for standard third-party closing costs.
What are standard third-party closing costs?
Closing costs are costs associated with a new mortgage. Typical closing costs include fees for appraisal, title insurance, title search, transfer taxes, settlement services, property taxes and hazard insurance premiums and government recording fees. These fees vary depending on the transaction type and the geographic location of the property.
Are there prepayment penalties?
No, there are never any prepayment penalties on any loan you may have with San Francisco Federal Credit Union. You can pay off your loan at any time without incurring a prepayment penalty.
What other home loan options does San Francisco Federal Credit Union provide?
San Francisco Federal Credit Union offers a wide variety of conventional and jumbo home purchase loans available to members with no restrictions on geographical work area, and with higher loan-to-value financing up to 95% (certain restrictions may apply.) If you would like more information about any home purchase programs the Credit Union offers, or would like to talk more about POPPYLoan, please feel free to call us at 415-359-2977 or email us at RealEstate@SanFranciscoFCU.com.