Homebuyer Workshops


 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:

First Time Homebuyer Education & Certification in Cantonese (6 Hours)
First-Time Homebuyer Education: The Basics & Affordable Housing Options in English and Tagalog (6 Hours)
First-Time Homebuyers Education: Part 1 (3 Hours)
First-Time Homebuyers Education: Part 2 (3 Hours)
Note: If you attended only one of BALANCE's two hour workshops in 2017, you will need to attend both Part 1 and Part 2 workshops to complete the six hour requirement. If you attended two of their two hour workshops in 2017, you can attend your choice of only Part 1 or Part 2  in order to complete the six hour requirement.  
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.

**Note: There are fewer workshops for the month of December due to the holidays. Check our calendar to see which workshops are available on January.**


February 2018

We're sorry, there were no workshops found for the options specified. Please check back later, or browse our workshops list to see all available workshops.

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.