Workshops

BALANCE currently offers Housing Workshops.

Certificate of Homebuyer Education for San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s Programs

In order to qualify for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s programs, you must obtain a Certificate of Homebuyer Education. The certificate can only be obtained by completing ten hours of homebuyer education in the following order:

Step 1: Attend a 2-Hour MOHCD Orientation

Description: This orientation will introduce you to the home buying process and eligibility for programs available through the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD).

How to Register: If you have not already completed the two hours of Orientation education, please visit www.homeownershipsf.org/workshops to register for one of the events listed on that page entitled MOHCD Program Orientation.

Step 2: Attend a 6-Hour First Time Homebuyer Workshop

Description: This workshop will help you best prepare yourself for homeownership and what to expect in the mortgage loan process. You must complete step 1 before step 2.

How to Register: To register for the 6 Hour First Time Homebuyer Workshop, please visit the BALANCE housing workshops page on Eventbrite to register for Housing Workshops. We offer workshops in various locations, but only the workshops offered in San Francisco satisfy the education requirement for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s programs (for example, those located in Concord will not count). If you are interested in the workshops necessary for the city of San Francisco programs, please look for the EventBrite Listings that include “San Francisco” in the title.

Step 3: Attend a one-on-one pre-purchase counseling appointment

Description: This counseling session will provide an opportunity for you to discuss your specific financial situation and homeownership goals with a counselor.

How to Register: This appointment can only be completed after attending the Orientation and 6 Hour First Time Homebuyer Workshop. To schedule a one-on-one pre-purchase appointment, please call 800-777-7526 x 422.

General Certificate of Homebuyer Education

 

For those interested in receiving a General Certificate of Homebuyer Education and are not interested in applying for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s programs, you will only need to attend six hours of Housing Workshop education and complete a two-hour one-on-one pre-purchase counseling appointment. Please visit the BALANCE housing workshops page on Eventbrite to register for Housing Workshops for a list of our current offerings. The one-on-one pre-purchase appointment should be completed after attending the 6 Hour First Time Homebuyer Workshop. To schedule a one-on-one pre-purchase counseling appointment, please call 800-777-7526 x 422.