Homebuyer Workshops

HOMEBUYER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Homebuyer Education Requirements effective August 1, 2019:

Effective August 1, 2019, buyers are required to sign up for a free 2-hour orientation* before beginning their 6-hour First Time Homebuyer workshop/s.  This new requirement does not apply to:

  • Buyers who have already received a current and valid Verification of Homebuyer Education Completion
  • Buyers who have completed the 6-hour First Time Homebuyer workshop/s prior to August 1, 2019:
    • If you fall into this category, you will have 12 months to obtain a Verification of Homebuyer Education Completion. 

To apply for a First Time Homebuyer program in San Francisco, adult applicants age 18 and older must complete 10 hours of first-time homebuyer education and receive their First Time Homebuyer Certificate:

Step 1: 2 hour MOHCD Program Orientation
Step 2: 6 hour of First Time Homebuyer (FTHB) Workshop (may be taken as series - see below for more information)
+        Step 3: 2 hour Individual Counseling Session (at some agency as FTHB workshop)
=       10 Total hours of homebuyer education to receive your Verification of Completion (Certificate)
 
There are five Homeownership SF counseling agencies that provide HUD approved homebuyer education. Please note, you must attend the 6 hour First Time Homebuyer Workshop/s PLUS your 2 hour counseling appointment at the SAME counseling agency.  You can attend ANY MOHCD Program Orientation.   
 
    Eligible First Time Homebuyer Workshops offered by each agency are:
ASIAN Inc.
First Time Homebuyer Education & Certification in Cantonese (6 Hours)
 
BALANCE
First-Time Homebuyer Education: The Basics & Affordable Housing Options (6 Hours)
First-Time Homebuyers Education: Part 1 (3 Hours)
First-Time Homebuyers Education: Part 2 (3 Hours)
 
Mission Economic Development Agency
First Time Homebuyer in English and Spanish (6 Hours)
 
San Francisco Housing Development Corporation
First Time Homebuyer in English, Chinese, and Spanish (6 Hours)
 
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
The Nuts and Bolts of Buying a Home (4 Hours)
The Basics of Budgeting and Saving (2 Hours)
Managing Credit and Debt (2 Hours)

Workshops

August 2019

Aug
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Dec
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First Time Homebuyer Workshop @ SFHDC

GW Davis Senior Center
1753 Carroll Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94124

*TICKET SALES BEGIN 2 WEEKS BEFORE CLASS At 9am*

**Anyone starting the certification process after August 1, 2019 you will also ha…

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Jul
20
Aug
3

First Time Homebuyer Workshop @ BALANCE

Hosted by BALANCE in English
Golden Gate Valley Branch Library
1801 Green St
San Francisco, CA

This workshop satisfies the 6 hour education requirement for obtaining the Homebuyer Education Certificate for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of …

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Jul
9
Aug
8

Managing Credit & Debt

San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102

In this workshop we'll cover:

  • The origins of credit and FICO scores

  • How to establish and repair your credit

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Jul
13
Aug
10
Sep
14
Oct
12
Nov
9
Dec
14

First Time Homebuyer Workshop @ MEDA

Hosted by MEDA in English, Spanish
Mission Economic Development Agency
2301 Mission Street, Suite 304
San Francisco, CA, 94110
Phone: (415) 282-3334 x101

Find out how to buy a home, how much you can afford, what type of home to buy, how to finance a home and how to keep your home over time. This work…

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Jul
18
Aug
13

The Basics of Budgeting & Saving

San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102

In this workshop we'll cover:

 

  • Free and easy-to-use budgeting tools

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Aug
13

MOHCD Program Orientation

The Women's Building
3543 18th St #8
San Francisco, CA, 94110

*PLEASE ARRIVE 15-30 MINUTES EARLY TO FILL OUT APPROPRIATE FORMS*

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Aug
3
Aug
17
Sep
7
Oct
5
Nov
2
Dec
7

First Time Homebuyer Workshop @ SFHDC

GW Davis Senior Center
1753 Carroll Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94124

*TICKET SALES BEGIN 2 WEEKS BEFORE CLASS At 9am*

**Anyone starting the certification process after August 1, 2019 you will also ha…

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May
5
Jun
9
Jul
21
Aug
18
Sep
1
Sep
15
Oct
6
Nov
17
Dec
8

First Time Homebuyer Workshop @ ASIAN, INC.

Hosted by ASIAN, Inc. in Chinese
ASIAN Inc.
1167 Mission Street, 4th Fl.
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Phone: (415) 928-5910

ASIAN, Inc. provides workshops designed to guide you in understanding the concepts and procedures of buying your first home. 

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Aug
20

MOHCD Program Orientation

The Women's Building
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110

*PLEASE ARRIVE 15-30 MINUTES EARLY TO FILL OUT APPROPRIATE FORMS*

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Aug
21

MOHCD Program Orientation

George W Davis Senior Center
1751 Carroll Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94124

*PLEASE ARRIVE 15-30 MINUTES EARLY TO FILL OUT THE APPROPRIATE FORMS*

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Aug
27

MOHCD Program Orientation (English/Spanish)

City College of San Francisco, Main Campus, Multi Use Building
50 Frida Kahlo Way
San Francisco, CA, 94112

*ENGLISH WITH SIMULTANEOUS SPANISH TRANSLATION*

*PLEASE ARRIVE 15-30 MINUTES EARLY TO FILL OUT APPROPRIATE FORMS*

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Aug
29

MOHCD Program Orientation

The SF LGBT Center
1800 Market St
San Francisco, CA, 94102

*THIS ORIENTATION IS IN CHINESE*

*PLEASE ARRIVE 15-30 MINUTES EARLY TO FILL OUT APPROPRIATE FORMS*

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Workshop Types

These workshops are approved by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and offer a certificate in homebuyer education. Find out how to buy a home, how much you can afford, what type of home to buy, how to finance a home and how to keep your home over time.

These workshops help homeowners who are having trouble making their mortgage payments understand their options to preserve homeownership. Find out what to do when you can't make your mortgage payment and what lenders might be willing to do to help you stay in your home.

These workshops help you plan financially for a successful transition from renting to homeownership. Find out how to manage your money before and after you become a homeowner.

Educational workshops for homeowners with panels of professionals that offer guidance in sustaining homeownership and guidance in avoiding foreclosure. Workshops are presented by expert community partners such as financial coaches, attorneys, lenders, and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

The A-Z’s of renting and review affordable rental payment ratios for your budget, your credit report, the rental application process, the ins and outs of the tenant landlord relationship, different affordable rental housing options.