Watch Laura and her family look at three houses in Michigan with her realtor. Which house will she buy ?
When you buy a new home, you need to borrow money for the mortgage. So, the bank will want to check your “credit history” to see if you pay your bills on time or not. Some people don’t have a credit history because they haven’t used credit cards or taken out loans before. So, it is important to start to build a credit history so that when you get ready to buy a home you can get a credit report that shows information about your credit history. A credit report will list a special number called a FICO score. Usually the number is between 300 and 900. The higher the number, the better your credit is and that will help you get a better interest rate on your mortgage. So, having good credit can help save you money.
Listen to Elisa and Melissa talk about different ways you can start to build up your credit history. Take notes and write down two or three ways you can start to build your credit history.
Listen to a news story about a very special housing program in California. You can listen and read the story, watch the video and then try the exercises. The story is about “down payments”. A down payment is the first big payment people make when they buy a new home. Usually a down payment is between 3% and 20% of the total selling price of the home. If you make a bigger down payment in the beginning, your mortgage or monthly payments will be lower. But, for many people it is difficult to save up money for a down payment. The following story, “Down Payment For Homes”, is about a special program that helps people with their down payments. Listen, read and watch the video and then answer the following question. How do people in this story pay for their down payment ? Click on the link below to go to the story.
We talked about some of the differences between renting and buying a home. Let’s listen to Elisa and Melissa, two homeownership counselors from MEDA, talk about the advantages and the responsibilities. Can you take notes and write down three advantages and three responsibilities ?
Now, let’s listen to Elisa and Melissa again as they tell us about 11 basic steps involved in buying a home.
There are different organizations in San Francisco that can help people learn about buying homes. MEDA is one organization that is located in the Mission district. I went and spoke to two of MEDA’s homeownership counselors, Melissa Martin and Elisa Baeza. They give workshops in English and Spanish to help educate people about the homebuying process. Let’s listen to them talk about MEDA.