Finding a mortgage is one of the first steps involved in buying a home. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation's housing agency. They have a helpful list of 9 steps to buying a home, which includes figuring out how much you can afford, knowing your rights, shopping for a loan, making an offer, getting a home inspection, and much more.
Shop for a Loan
One of the first steps you'll take in buying a home is shopping for a loan. Learn about common types of home mortgages. There are many sites that can help you find a housing loan:
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Home Buying Programs
There are many home buying programs to help you:
- Home Buying Programs in Your State – Find state or local government home buying programs in your state.
- Good Neighbor Next Door – If you're a law enforcement officer, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teacher, or a firefighter/emergency medical technician, this program allows you to become a homeowner. If approved, you'll receive a 50% discount off the list price of a home, on the condition that you commit to live in the property as a sole residence for 36 months.
- Local Public Housing Agency – This program helps public housing residents own a home by converting rent into a mortgage payment.
Consider refinancing your mortgage if you can get a rate that is at least one percentage point lower than your existing rate and if you plan to keep the new mortgage for several years. Learn more about refinancing your mortgage.
Mortgage Payment Assistance
- Making Home Affordable – The Department of Treasury and HUD can help struggling homeowners get mortgage relief through a variety of programs.
- Housing Counseling Agencies – HUD helps these agencies provide homeowners with free or low-cost advice on home related issues.
- Reverse Mortgages – HUD provides answers to frequently asked questions about reverse mortgages.