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Have you been asking yourself, "How do I prepare to purchase a home?" Even before you make that purchase, deciding to buy a home is a huge milestone in and of itself. The process that follows is often overwhelming. But with some guiding principles, there’s no need to be intimidated – just well-informed and prepared!

Since buying a home can be one of the most expensive decisions you’ll ever make, it’s important to prepare yourself before you dive into the process. Everyone’s journey to homeownership is different. Whether you plan to purchase a home with Habitat for Humanity or on the open market, there are some common tips and considerations that every homebuyer should bear in mind in mind before embarking on the journey.

Learn about the homebuying process.

The process of purchasing a home will be unique to you, but all prospective homebuyers start the homebuying journey the same way. Buying a home should start by understanding the short- and long-term costs associated with homeownership and establishing your budget. With the“Explore the Costs” calculator – which you can find in the “Considering Homeownership” playlist at our Financial Education Center – you can figure out what you can afford and take the first step to buying your dream home.

Research available resources and saving strategies.

One of the most important things to remember when you decide to purchase a home is that you’re not alone in the process. Guidance from financial professionals, resources like Habitat’s Housing Counseling Program, and opportunities like grants and specialized loan programs for down payment and closing costs assistance – all of these can help make homeownership more accessible and sticking to your budget more achievable.

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If you dream of becoming a homeowner in the Bay Area, Habitat is here to help you navigate the process – whether you purchase a home through our Homeownership Program or not. Start by visiting Habitat’s Financial Education Center. This online educational library offers interactive playlists such as “Considering Homeownership” and “Buying a Home” that provide tools and resources you can access on your own time.

If you’re looking for a more in-depth opportunity to learn about the homebuying process, consider attending a HUD-approved First-Time Homebuyer Class. Guided by a HUD-certified Housing Counselor, the First-Time Homebuyer Class gives attendees detailed “how-to” instructions on topics like:

  • Preparing for homeownership
  • Steps of the homebuying process
  • Obtaining a mortgage loan
  • Shopping for a home
  • Protecting your investment
  • Managing your money
  • Understanding credit

Click here to see our next available HUD-approved First-Time Homebuyer Class.

Purchasing your first home can be a gratifying process if you’re prepared, know the process, and understand your budget – and if you need a partner along the way, we’re here!

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Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and renovate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please call 866.450.4432.

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