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    Posted: 16 Feb 2010 at 8:29am
NeighborWorks Recognizes Black History Month by Offering Tips for Homebuyers to See If They Are Ready for Long-Term Affordable Homeownership
For more than 30 years NeighborWorks America has strived to help make the dream of affordable homeownership a reality for underserved populations.  For some time, however, families were priced out of the market and homeownership was a distant dream. Today there is improved affordability and tremendous opportunity, which makes homeownership an achievable dream for potential buyers who should heed the lessons learned from the housing crisis.  This year, NeighborWorks America recognizes Black History Month by urging African Americans who are interested in becoming homeowners to seek homeownership education at local NeighborWorks organizations to best prepare for making their dreams of long-term homeownership come true. 

Regardless of whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an existing homeowner ready to make your next home purchase, NeighborWorks America CEO Ken Wade urges homebuyers to seek homeownership education from a HUD-approved nonprofit organization before purchasing a home.

“Buying a home is a complex financial transaction and homebuyers who begin the process with the right information through homeownership education lay the groundwork for long-term success for themselves, their families, and the community at-large,” said Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America.

Homeownership education helps all homebuyers by working with them to:

  • Assess their financial situation and determine if their financial house in order;
  • Decide how much home they can afford, in terms of both cost and size;
  • Understand responsible home financing and which loan products are most appropriate for them; and,
  • Learn how to adequately maintain a home after purchase.

Where can homebuyers find homeownership education in their community?  NeighborWorks has nearly 100 local HUD-approved nonprofit housing counseling organizations across the country that have trained counselors on-staff, ready to advise families one-on-one and help them make the right homeownership choice for them. To find a local NeighborWorks organization that offers homeownership education in your area, visit

If you are interested in becoming a homeowner but want to know if you are on the right path, Wade offers seven questions that homebuyers should ask themselves so they know whether they are ready for homeownership:

  • Do you have a reliable source of income?
  • Do you plan on living in your community for 10+ years?
  • Are you a saver?
  • Do you have minimal debt?
  • Do you have a good credit score?
  • Do you have at least a five percent down payment saved, along with funding to cover closing costs and moving expenses?
  • Are you prepared for the responsibility of maintaining a home after purchase?

“Whether you are ready to buy a home now or you want to prepare for homeownership in a year, two years, or more, homeownership education will put you on the path toward achieving your dream,” said Wade. 

To find out more about homeownership education courses offered at your local NeighborWorks organization, please visit

About NeighborWorks® America
NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. Since 1991, we have assisted nearly 1.2 million low- to moderate-income families with their housing needs. Much of our success is achieved through our support of the NeighborWorks network ? more than 230 community development organizations working in more than 4,400 urban, suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $15 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

Edited by billarce - 16 Feb 2010 at 8:30am
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