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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.
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.
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.
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.