The Portland Housing Center charges each household a $99.00 non-refundable materials fee at registration, which covers all of our in person classes and counseling, and the cost of your tri-merged credit report.
Homebuyer Assessment and Counseling
Once you’re registered, we’ll ask you a few short questions to help you determine your next steps. For many, this next step is to meet with one of our HomeBuying Specialists for an assessment, where you’ll build your action plan for homeownership. After you register you’ll be prompted to schedule your first appointment using our online scheduling program.
One on one meetings with a HomeBuying Specialist can help you develop an Action Plan and overcome any challenges that might be keeping you from purchasing a home. Our HomeBuying Specialists start by reviewing your financial situation to help develop your Action Plan. They can help you develop a plan to strengthen credit, pay down debts, increase your savings, and budget for homeownership.
This 5-part series gives you the money management skills and tools you need to get ready to purchase your first home. Topics covered include budgeting your money, building your savings, and improving your credit.
Portland Housing Center also offers culturally specific versions of our Financial Fitness class for African American and Latino households. Getting Your House in Order, created for African Americans is offered quarterly through zoom. Decide Tu Futuro, created for Latinos is held quarterly as well. For more information on these classes, call our office at 503-282-7744.
Homebuying 101 Class
This 8-hour, HUD-certified class will show you what to expect in the home-buying process, including shopping for a loan, special programs for first-time homebuyers, the house search, inspecting and insuring your home, and maintaining and protecting your investment. Please note: These classes have a limited capacity and tend to fill up quickly. Some dates listed here may already be full. You are welcomed to contact us to check availability before registering.
This course is also available online.
If you are in process with a closing date on your home and need the online course, Go to our Register Here page to get started. Be sure to click the link toward the bottom that says “Already in process on a loan and just need the online class?” After confirming your closing information, the link will take you directly to the class instructions. The online course is $125 including $75 paid directly to the online course vendor.
If you are not already in process on a home, we would encourage you to register for counseling services as your first step.
This matched savings program helps Oregon residents save for a home purchase. Qualified participants who are accepted into the program save in a special account for a minimum of 6 months and have their saved dollars matched 5:1.
Portland Housing Center IDA program participants save over a two-year period and can receive up to $6,000 in matching funds for their home purchase. Only registered Portland Housing Center clients can apply to the IDA Program. Ask your HomeBuying Specialist if you qualify for this program.
*NOTE: Our IDA Program is currently full, and we are adding all interested clients to our wait list. Please speak with your HomeBuying Specialist for more information.
At Portland Housing Center, we specialize in safe, affordable, fixed-rate mortgages. We also offer special programs to home buyers, including FHA (insured by the Federal Housing Administration), VA (for current and former members of the military), USDA (rural home loans), and our Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) which makes homeownership affordable through low monthly payments and 100% financing. We also offer refinance options.
This is your chance to sit down with a licensed, Portland Housing Center Loan Officer to determine how much you can comfortably afford to spend on your home purchase, and to review the mortgage loan options most suitable for you.
Thank you Homestreet Bank (Portland Affinity) for your generous support and continued partnership! We are proud to have you as one of our partner lenders, with a shared desire to serve and serve well. Check presented to PHC by Homestreet Affinity Loan Officer and PHC Board Member, Deona DeLong. ... See MoreSee Less
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