HOME BUYERS

Home Buyer Education and Assistance Programs

Education & Support for Home Buyers

All San Francisco home buyer assistance programs through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) require completion of 10 hours of home buyer education by ALL members of the household age 18 and older. The 10 hours must be completed in three steps:

STEP 1: Attend a 2 hour MOHCD HOME BUYER PROGRAM ORIENTATION at any available location. Orientations are not available online at the moment.

STEP 2: Complete 6 hours of FIRST TIME HOME BUYER WORKSHOPS at one of the five approved housing counseling agencies: Asian Inc., BALANCE, SF LGBT Center, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC). The SF LGBT Center offers the workshop as a series. BALANCE and SFHDC offer the workshops online, in addition to the regular in-person workshops.

STEP 3: Complete 2 hours of INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING at the same agency where you completed the home buyer workshop. Individual counseling can be arranged to take place via phone or other online services.

Have you entered a purchase contract?

Upon completion of the 10 required hours of home buyer education and entering a purchase contract, use the Request for Certificate of Home Buyer Education form to request the Verification of Home Buyer Education Completion from your housing counselor.

Home Buyer Education Renewal

  • Your Verification of Education form is valid for 1 year. You can request a one-time renewal by completing another individual counseling appointment for a one year renewal.
  • If you attended your First Time Home Buyer Workshop over 2 years ago, you should complete the 10 hour home buyer education process again to ensure you have up-to-date information about city home buyer programs and policies.

MOHCD Home Buyer Program Orientation

Our nonprofit members offer workshops and individual counseling on a variety of homeownership and financial topics. Advance registration is required for all workshops.

Home Buyer Workshops

Our nonprofit members offer workshops and individual counseling on a variety of homeownership and financial topics. Advance registration is required for all workshops.

Home Buyer Workshops ONLINE

Online workshops allow you to complete 6 of the 10 first time home buyer education requirement for the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) programs.

MOHCD Approved Lenders

Get free application assistance for City affordable ownership opportunities and down payment assistance programs at drop in application clinics offered by five local housing counseling agencies!

Application Assistance for Home Buyers

Get free application assistance for City affordable ownership opportunities and down payment assistance programs at drop in application clinics offered by five local housing counseling agencies!

Home Buyers Resources

Need more help? Meet one-on-one with a housing counselor to discuss your rental or purchasing goals and get application assistance. Interpretation services will be provided.