Buying your first home is a big step in your financial life and it may seem to be a far-off goal at times but with the right information, resources and planning, you can educate yourself and create a smart path to home ownership.
Knowing your financial picture is important. This means having an established budget and money management system. If you don’t know where to start, OnPoint partners with Balance Financial Fitness to provide our members with a wealth of resources, money management tools, and counseling to help you with financial challenges like setting a budget for buying a home.
Understanding the home buying process is important, too. OnPoint supports the work of the Portland Housing Center, which provides education and counseling services for prospective homeowners, free of charge. Similar programs exist in many communities so don’t hesitate to reach out for advice.
To learn more about financing, look for a lender that you feel comfortable with and one that offers first-time homebuyer options like OnPoint’s Just for Starters or Homeroom mortgage programs. Meeting with your lender early will allow you to determine how much you can spend and provide you with pre-approval. This will start off your house hunting on the right foot and you’ll be ready to put in an offer at the first can’t-miss opportunity.
Home Buyer’s Seminars
Learn from the mortgage professionals at OnPoint about the home buying process, the resources available to you, and how OnPoint can make navigating the process fast and easy. A real estate agent will also be available to answer any questions you may have.
See a list of upcoming Home Buyer's Seminars. We hope you’ll join us!
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