Attend a First-Time Homebuyer Workshop

You can attend a workshop hosted by the City of Oakland or a workshop hosted by a HUD-approved counseling agency.

Attend a City of Oakland Homebuyer Workshop

Register Online

Contact HUD

(800) 569-4287

Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Find a Housing Counselor

The City of Oakland offers a 5-hour monthly Homebuyer Education Workshop to provide an overview of the home-buying process. Topics include:

  • advantages and disadvantages of renting vs. owning
  • establishing good credit
  • basic budgeting and money management
  • deciding how much you can afford
  • roles of professionals in the home buying process
  • down payment, closing costs and mortgage insurance requirements
  • applying for a home loan
  • closing and escrow
  • responsibilities of being a homeowner
  • additional resources for low- and moderate-income homebuyers

Several local organizations provide counseling to individuals and families looking to purchase a home in Oakland and the Bay Area, or for individuals and families who may have received a notice of default or a foreclosure notice. For questions regarding the City of Oakland Homebuyer programs call 510-238-7486.