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How do I start the homebuying process?

Step 1: Get prepared

Attending a first-time homebuyer workshop will help you learn about the home purchase process and make wise decisions.

Register for a workshop

Step 2: Find out if you qualify

Schedule an appointment with a housing counseling or lender. This meeting will determine if you qualify for a mortgage loan, and if, so how much you can afford.

Step 3: Shop for a home

After you know how much you can afford, you may choose to work with a real estate agent to find a market rate home or find an affordable (below market rate/BMR) home on your own.

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Step 4: Look for mortgage assistance

There are a number of down payment and closing cost assistance programs available depending on the home you’re buying, your income and other factors.

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We are an independent nonprofit committed to helping diverse and underserved households achieve and sustain homeownership in San Francisco through a coordinated network of member organizations. Our comprehensive website provides information on homes, loans and workshops for first-time homebuyers and existing homeowners.

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Credit Reports for First Time Homebuyers Workshop

Hosted by BALANCE in English

Learn everything first time homebuyers need to know about credit reports, such as what mortgage lenders look for, how to correct inaccurate informa…

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1st Time Homebuyer Workshop

Registration Opens Saturday 2 weeks before event @ 9:00am. Event fills up quickly, please be ready to…

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Understanding the Mortgage Loan Process (2 hr)

Hosted by BALANCE in English

Learn the types of loans available, how the underwriting process works, the meaning of federal and state disclosures, and what to do if your loan i…

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