CHFA First Look is a pilot program designed to help support affordable housing efforts by allowing community-based housing organizations the opportunity to purchase certain of CHFA's foreclosed and other real estate owned (REO) single family homes in Colorado.

CHFA First Look
CHFA First Look
Your participation could make this pilot a permanent program, helping to keep Colorado single family homes affordable.

Keeping Single Family Homes Affordable

In addition to keeping single family homes in homeownership, the CHFA First Look program is intended to help stabilize neighborhoods by facilitating the purchase, rehabilitation, and resale of homes by mission-driven organizations to maintain the homes’ affordability.  

How it Works

  1. Once CHFA has exhausted all options available to keep the current homeowner in the property, the property will go into foreclosure.
  2. CHFA will send weekly email notifications to qualifying nonprofits listing:
    • CHFA foreclosures scheduled for the following week, allowing participating nonprofits to view the property (exterior only) prior to the sale and to determine interest.
    • Post-foreclosure sale properties that are available for immediate purchase.
  3. Interested nonprofits will need to contact CHFA with a proposal to purchase a property within five days of the foreclosure sale due to FHA guideline restrictions.
  4. CHFA will review proposals based on a variety of factors, including estimated value, repair costs, use of property after purchase, targeted population or AMI to be served, and period of affordability, if any.
  5. Once the purchase price and terms are agreed-upon, a loan closing will typically occur within 30 days.

Note: CHFA is not required to sell any property listed and, until a signed purchase and sale agreement is in place. CHFA reserves the right to cancel, withdraw, or postpone any sale at any time and for any reasons.

Program Documents

With respect to its programs, services, activities, and employment practices, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or any other protected classification under federal, state, or local law. Requests for reasonable accommodation, the provision of auxiliary aids, or any complaints alleging violation of this nondiscrimination policy should be directed to the Nondiscrimination Coordinator, 1.800.877.2432, TDD/TTY 800.659.2656, CHFA 1981 Blake Street, Denver CO 80202-1272, available weekdays 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Contact Us to Participate

Please contact CHFA's Single Family Servicing Oversight Team.

  • Dolores Higgins, Manager, Post-funding Team
  • Danielle Kelly, Senior Portfolio Analyst 
  • Shawn Ruiz, Default Analyst