HOWNW.com™ was launched in 2008 as a public service website that provides real answers to common home buying questions.
The website includes a searchable, multi-lingual database of homebuying programs that are offered for homebuyers in the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County areas. Homebuyers may enter the area they wish to live in, number of people in their household, and their annual income to discover what financial programs and resources are available to help them become homeowners.
The website walks consumers through the homebuying process from start to finish and includes features such as a payment calculator, information on finding a loan, searching for a home, a real estate glossary and much more. In addition, information on consumer issues such as avoiding foreclosure, predatory lending, finding a healthy home, and credit is provided to help educate all consumers, including potential homebuyers.
Homebuyers may also turn to HOWNW.com™ for a list of homebuyer education and financial preparedness classes offered by our community partners that meet the requirements for homebuyer counseling required by some loan and assistance programs.
Need help? Homebuyers can click on the Need help? link at the bottom of every page to find a HOWNW.com™ Certified Specialist. These PMAR Realtors® are specifically trained to address the buyer’s concerns about homeownership affordability by knowing and understanding a broad range of financing mechanisms that may be able to assist the buyer. HOWNW.com™ Certified Specialists are provided with practical, hands-on information about programs, products and eligibility standards that may help financially challenged or first-time homebuyers.
The HOWNW.com™ website and educational programs are made possible by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® with the assistance of other community-based organizations.