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HOWNW.com™ is a free consumer resource committed to offering information without obligation. Find resources for becoming a homeowner, applying for loans, working with a Realtor®, a real estate glossary, and more.

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HOWNW.com™ was created to make buyers aware of home purchase programs. Many of these programs are available to individuals or households whose income is below a certain amount.

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Buyer Education

There are many types of homebuyer seminars. While they all serve various needs only those that meet the educational requirements, when homebuyer education is required to use a specific program, are listed on this site.

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Military Resources

Resources for the service members, veterans and their families

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Are you having problems paying your mortgage? Learn how to avoid foreclosure and keep your home. Also, warning signs of foreclosure rescue scams.

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Resources for improving credit, avoiding predatory lenders, and ensuring that your home is healthy and safe from hazardous materials and environmental concerns.

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90 percent of Oregonians surveyed said they feel it’s important to have services allowing them to age in place. Visit our Forever Home/Aging in Place page for financial, homeownership and renovation resources.

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Knowledge is said to open doors. This is literally true when it comes to buying a home. To become a first-time homebuyer, you need to know where and how to begin the homebuying process. The following questions and answers have been carefully selected to give you a foundation of basic knowledge.

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Recent News

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For those looking to buy a home in need of rehabilitation, repair or remodeling, there are a number of loan options available. The Portland Housing Bureau Home Repair Loan offers a 0% interest loan of up to $40,000 for critical repairs and is available to those purchasing in the Interstate Corridor and Lents Town Center […]

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Program Updates

Both the maximum sales price and income limits have increased for the Portland Mortgage Credit Certificate. The maximum sales price is now $454,177. The annual borrower and co-borrower income limits are now $81,400 for one to two people and $93,610 for three or more people. Additionally, the maximum sales price for Gresham’s WELCOME HOME program […]

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Technology has become an inseparable part of the homebuying process, according to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report. Americans are using digital technology for everything from applying for a mortgage to touring a home online. A staggering 98% of first-time buyers reported using technology while researching a home purchase, and 94% report that […]

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As of January 1, 2018, all sellers of single-family homes within Portland city limits must obtain a Home Energy Report. The cost of an assessment ($150 to $250) might be prohibitive for lower-income families, however, the Portland Office of Planning and Sustainability does offer an application for a free home energy assessment for Income-qualified home […]

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