Homebuyer Education

One of the steps for NCLT homebuyer applicants is to complete a Homebuyer Education Seminar and give NCLT a copy of the certificate of completion. This is also a requirement for any Fannie Mae backed loan for first time homebuyers. Several agencies with homebuyer education seminars as well as financial counseling and assistance programs are listed below. Please contact the program(s) to verify their process. Please also verify that the homebuyer education seminar is certified by Fannie Mae.

Alameda County Mortgage Credit Certificate Program

The Alameda County Mortgage Credit Certificate Program provides assistance to low-income first-time homebuyers.
(510) 650-5799

City of Oakland

Call for appointments, particularly for MAP funds. This program is a prerequisite for the substantial down payment assistance from the City of Oakland.
Phone: (510) 238-7486
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Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity offers a day-long class, which will teach how to navigate the homebuying process from budgeting to getting government assistance.
Phone: (510) 581-9380

Lao Family Community Development, Inc.

LFCD provides group and one-on-one rental and first time homeownership counseling. Housing counselors provide pre-purchase workshops in Cantonese, Spanish and English
Phone: (510) 533-8850

Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA)

NACA is a non-profit community advocacy and housing services organization, certified by the City of Oakland. Their program offers access to below market rate loans as well as a neighborhood stabilization fund that assists with mortgage default.
Phone: (510) 652-6622
To register for a workshop: (888) 302-6222

Unity Council Homeownership Center (English and Spanish speaking)

Also offers classes on financial literacy and credit counseling
(510) 535-6900