First Step To Homeownership

Left to right: Dale Tomei, Hawaii HomeOwnership Center Education Coordinator & the Goodiers' homeownership coach; homeowners Rob and Silver Goodier; Rachel Willis, HHOC Mortgage & the Goodiers' loan officer.

Left to right: Dale Tomei, Hawaii HomeOwnership Center Education Coordinator & the Goodiers’ homeownership coach; homeowners Rob and Silver Goodier; Rachel Willis, HHOC Mortgage & the Goodiers’ loan officer.

Buying a home is usually the largest financial commitment most people will make in their lives, so it can be a scary process. Since “you don’t know what you don’t know,” getting educated about the buying process and having some coaching is the best first step to homeownership.

Questions such as, “Do I see a real estate agent first or a loan officer?,” are common for buyers who want to become homeowners but are not sure where to start. Most buyers also aren’t aware that they may qualify for special loans or programs to assist them in the buying process. The Hawaii HomeOwnership Center (HHOC) provides a one-stop shop of classes and individual coaching for these first-time buyers looking for a trusted and safe source of information.

HHOC homeowner Rob Goodier recently bought his first home with his wife Silver. He told us that before coming to HHOC a friend shared news with them about being in escrow. After congratulating their friend, he later took out his smart phone and typed in, “Dear Google, what is ‘escrow?'” Demystifying terminology and understanding the resources available creates confident buyers who know what to ask of real estate and lending professionals. The classes HHOC offers provide the foundation buyers need, while the individual coaching sessions help each family customize the steps they need to take to make progress towards their dream of owning a home.

The Goodiers have visited beautiful locations such as Costa Rica and Thailand, but they say there’s no place they’d rather be besides their home on the North Shore. It’s more than they ever thought they could hope for when they embarked on the buying process. It’s more than a place to hold their things it’s a home where they envision a different future for themselves, and it provides a foundation of stability.

If you’re thinking of buying a home today or in a few years, take the very important first step toward homeownership and register for a homebuyer education class. You won’t regret it. HHOC provides support to their members even after they buy a home. Contact them at 523-9500 or info@hihomeownership.org.

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