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Home Buying Process

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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Lending Program Search

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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You may want to get pre-approved for a loan before you begin house shopping? It can be helpful to speak with a lender and obtain an unofficial estimate of what you can afford. Find out more about the pre-approval process on HOWNW.com™ HERE, and happy house hunting!

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Did You Know…

HOWNW.com™ offers a wealth of information on shopping for a home?  What features should you consider important to you?  How should you keep track of the homes you visit?  Find more HERE.

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Program Updates: USDA Section 502 Direct Loans and WELCOME HOME Gresham

Staff has been advised of the following changes to homebuying programs listed on HOWNW.com™: • The loan limits for the USDA Section 502 Direct Loans increased to $326,600 for Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties.  See details HERE. • The WELCOME HOME Gresham program, which was previously suspended due to lack of funding, has been reinstated.  […]

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Take Action! Tell Your Legislator to Support the Oregon First-Time Homebuyers Savings Program

Solving the Down Payment Problem Oregon is facing an affordable housing crisis. The housing market is suffering because homes are so expensive and it takes too long for young people and renters to save enough money for a down payment on a home. High rents, student loan payments and wages that don’t keep up with […]

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