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Down Payment Assistance - Funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Program Guidelines:

  • The home may be a single-family residence, condo, townhome or manufactured home that meets Fannie Mae conventional guidelines and is considered real property.
  • The home must be free from any substantial health, safety or code issues and/or lead-based paint hazards.
  • The home must be located within Riverside city limits.

Eligibility Criteria
In order to qualify for the DPA Program, the following must be met:

  1. The home purchased must be your primary place of residence.
  2. You must be able to contribute a minimum of three percent of the purchase price, two percent of which can be a gift from immediate family, a church, an employer or non-profit agency.
  3. Your credit score must meet City-established guidelines.
  4. You cannot have owned a home in the last three years.
  5. You cannot currently own any real property.

Loan Terms

CalHome funded down payment assistance loans are provided at a three percent simple interest. The loans require no monthly payments. Repayment is deferred for 30 years, unless the borrower sells, transfers, refinances or converts the home to a rental property.

Maximum Down Payment Assistance
The maximum amount of assistance cannot exceed 25% of the sales price.

Application Process

  1. Select a lender from the participating lenders list (see attached document). The lender will pre-qualify you and submit a package to the City for pre-approval (see attached application).
  2. Attend a HUD-approved homebuyer education class provided by Fair Housing Council of Riverside County (951-682-6581) or Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, Inc. (909-884-6891)
  3. Find a home to purchase that meets program and pre-approval requirements after you have been prequalified by the City of Riverside for DPA.

The Aurea Vista Hotel was designed by G. Stanley Wilson, who also designed the facade of the Stalder building and was chief architect of the Mission Inn. The building opened on March 28, 1928 as a hotel and separate banquet room on the upper floor and a furniture store on the ground floor. The building was used as an anti-aircraft intelligence headquarters during World War II. The Riverside Ballet Arts opened a dance school in the banquet room in 1970. The Ballet and the Old Riverside Foundation petitioned the City of Riverside to designate the Aurea Vista building as a local landmark and became City Historical Landmark No. 84.  In 2014, Shelby Worthington & Cindy Alden started Loft .84. Shelby and Cindy made several improvements and rennovations to the space in order to bring it back to life and to it's original purpose, weddings & events.  The venue is now Loft.84, named after its Historical Landmark designation.  For more information click here.


Hibachi Grill to open Soon

Faris Lee Investments, an Irvine-based real estate advisory firm that specializes in retail, recently announced the $13 million sale of Tyler Village in Riverside.Tyler Village is an eight-building, 91,448-square-foot neighborhood retail center near the 91 Freeway in Riverside. It occupies 8.8 acres at 10102 to 10236 Indiana Avenue, and is less than two blocks from Galleria at Tyler, a 1.1 million square foot regional mall. Tyler Village, which was sold by a private investor from Northern California to an undisclosed private investment partnership from Southrn California, secured the buffet restaurant Hibachi Grill just before the sale closed escrow, according to resourses. Hibachi Grill is expected to open in a free-standing, 12,200-square-foot restaurant by the end of the year. I hope that his restaurant chain does better then the others have at that location.


Riverside's Famous Mount Rubidoux

Mt. Rubidoux Trail is a 3 mile loop trail that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking & walking, generally open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.


Perris Valley Airport

Did you know this airport is one of two private airports that is famous for those dare devils that like jumping out of airplanes.

Eighteen people gathered in Perris on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, to dive from an airplane 12,500 feet in the air with Lake Perris in the backdrop at the 2015 Rainbow Boogie.

The idea behind the 2015 Rainbow Boogie at Skydive Perris is to raise awareness about issues important to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community and jump out of airplanes with like-minded thrill-seekers.

 The Rainbow Boogie has been held semi-annually since 2006. One organizer summed up the message this way: “We’re all equal in the air.”


Orange Empire Railway Museum