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Homebuying Counseling Agencies

To take the first step toward purchasing a home through the HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program, or for general preparation before buying a home, contact the following Housing Preservation and Development-approved counseling agencies to register for homebuyer education training. For most people, their home is the biggest asset they will buy, and they need to beware of common consumer pitfalls and any potential unethical practices. Seeking professional expertise from a government-approved counseling agency makes good financial sense.

Bronx

NHS of the North Bronx
1178 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469
Tel: (718) 881-1180 x202
Languages: English and Spanish

NHS of the South Bronx
Concourse Plaza
200 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451
Tel: (718) 992-5979
Languages: English and Spanish

Brooklyn

ACORN Housing Corporation
88 3rd Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tel: (718) 246-8080
Languages: English and Spanish

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
3214 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Tel: (718) 647-8100
Languages: English and Spanish

NHS of Bedford Stuyvesant
1012 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Tel: (718) 919-2100
Languages: English and Spanish

NHS of East Flatbush
2806 Church Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Tel: (718) 469-4679
Languages: English

Pratt Area Community Council
210 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tel: (718) 522-2613
Languages: English

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
621 DeGraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tel: (718) 237-2017, ext.151
Languages: English

Manhattan
NHS of NYC Homeownership Center
306 West 37th Street, 12th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10018
Tel: (718) 732-8100
Languages: English and Spanish
Abyssinian Development Corporation
4 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Tel: (212) 368-4471
Languages: English
Asian Americans For Equality
111 Division Street
New York, NY 10002
Tel: (212) 964-2288
Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean
Queens

Margert Community Corp.
19-31 Mott Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Tel: (718) 471-3724
Languages: English and Spanish

NHS of Jamaica
89-70 162nd Street
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 291-7400 x13
Languages: English

NHS of Northern Queens
60-20 Woodside Avenue
2nd Floor
Woodside, NY 11377
Tel: (718) 457-1017
Languages: English and Spanish

Staten Island

NHS of Staten Island
West Brighton
1205 Castleton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
Tel: (718) 442-8080
Languages: English and Spanish

Northfield Community Local Development Corporation
160 Heberton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302
(718) 442-7351
Languages: English

Upon the successful completion of the homebuyer education classes, prospective homebuyers will receive a certificate that verifies their eligibility for the forgivable loan of up to 6% of the home's purchase price. The certificate is valid for six months, with a concurrent six-month renewal period. After receiving the certificate, prospective homebuyers begin the path to homeownership.

Step 1: Present the certificate of eligibility to a participating lender for pre-approval on a mortgage loan.

Step 2: After receiving pre-approval from a participating lender, consult a reputable real estate professional to identify an affordable home.

Step 3: Hire a real estate lawyer.

Step 4: Negotiate a contract of sales with the seller.

The homebuyer education counselors will be available to assist program participants throughout the homebuying process. Program participants are encouraged to take advantage of this resource.

Free homebuying advice is available at the Web site of the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development.