Homebuyer Workshops

HOMEBUYER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 6 hours of First Time Homebuyer workshops + 2 hours of individual counseling =  

8 Total hours of homebuyer education

There are five HomeownershipSF counseling agencies who provide HUD approved homebuyer education. Each agency may break up the curriculum into separate classes; however, the total required hours will always be the same (8 hours). Workshops are offered in 2, 4 or 6 hour segments. You must complete all 6 hours of workshops PLUS your 2 hour counseling appointment at the SAME counseling agency. Eligible workshops for the First Time Homebuyer Certificate offered by each agency are:

ASIAN Inc.
First Time Homebuyer Education & Certification in Cantonese (6 Hours)
 
BALANCE
First Time Home Buyers: The Basics & Affordable Housing Options in English and Tagalog (6 Hours)
Understanding the Mortgage Loan Process Workshop (2 Hours)
Affordable Housing Options for First Time Homebuyers Workshop (2 Hours)
Credit Reports for First Time Homebuyers Workshop (2 Hours)
Downsizing Your Debt (2 Hours)
 
Mission Economic Development Agency
First Time Homebuyer in English and Spanish (6 Hours)
 
San Francisco Housing Development Agency
1st time Homebuyer in English 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)

Upon completion of 6 hours of required workshops, please contact the counseling agency to set up your individual counseling appointment. YOU CANNOT COMBINE HOURS FROM DIFFERENT AGENCIES.

To find workshops that qualify for your First Time Homebuyer Education Certificate, please filter by workshop type: First time homebuyer workshop below.

Workshops

April 2017

Jan
18
Feb
15
Mar
15
Apr
12
May
10

Understanding the Mortgage Loan Process (2 hr)

Hosted by BALANCE in English
BALANCE
595 Market St. 9th Floor Conference Room 960
San Francisco, CA, 94105

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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Jan
7
Feb
4
Mar
4
Apr
1
May
13

First-time Homebuyer Education: The Basics and Affordable Housing Options

Hosted by BALANCE in English
BALANCE
595 Market St. 9th Floor Conference Room 960
San Francisco, CA, 94105

Learn about renting versus buying, homeowner responsibilities, selecting lenders, realtors and brokers, pre-approval vs. pre-qualification, escrow …

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Jan
7
Feb
4
Mar
11
Apr
1
Apr
15
May
20
Jun
3

1st Time Homebuyer Workshop

George Davis Senior Center
1753 Carroll Ave.
San Francisco, CA, 94124

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

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Jan
11
Feb
8
Mar
8
Apr
5
May
3
May
31

Credit Reports for First Time Homebuyers Workshop

Hosted by BALANCE in English
BALANCE
595 Market St. 9th Floor Conference Room 960
San Francisco, CA, 94105

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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Jan
14
Feb
11
Mar
11
Apr
8
May
13
Jun
10

First Time Homebuyer

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 …

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Jan
8
Jan
22
Feb
12
Mar
12
Apr
9
May
7
Jun
11

First Time Homebuyer

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

ASIAN, Inc. provides Chinese workshops design to guide you in understanding the concepts and procedures in buying your first home. A Homebuyer Educ…

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Jan
18
Feb
15
Mar
15
Apr
12
May
10

Understanding the Mortgage Loan Process (2 hr)

Hosted by BALANCE in English
BALANCE
595 Market St. 9th Floor Conference Room 960
San Francisco, CA, 94105

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…

Read more »
Jan
7
Feb
4
Mar
11
Apr
1
Apr
15
May
20
Jun
3

1st Time Homebuyer Workshop

George Davis Senior Center
1753 Carroll Ave.
San Francisco, CA, 94124

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

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Feb
15
Mar
13
Apr
17

The Basics of Budgeting & Saving

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

In this workshop, you will lear…

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Feb
16
Mar
15
Apr
19

Managing Credit & Debt

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

Credit and debt are topics that…

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Jan
21
Mar
25
Apr
22
May
20

First-time Homebuyer Education: The Basics and Affordable Housing Options

Hosted by BALANCE in Tagalog
BALANCE
595 Market St. 9th Floor Conference Room 960
San Francisco, CA, 94105

*This workshop will be presented in Tagalog.

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Feb
18
Mar
18
Apr
22

The Nuts and Bolts of Buying a Home

San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Jan
4
Feb
1
Mar
1
Mar
28
Apr
26
May
24

Affordable Housing Options for First-time Homebuyers (2 hr)

Hosted by BALANCE in English
BALANCE
595 Market St. 9th Floor Conference Room 960
San Francisco, CA, 94105

Learn about local programs that are available to first time home buyers. Learn about what criteria must be met to qualify for the first time home b…

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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.