Preparation is Key to Success for First-time Homebuyers

Marjorie and Jeremiah Tayao and their daughter Carissa shown in the doorway to their new home.

Marjorie and Jeremiah Tayao and their daughter Carissa shown in the doorway to their new home.

News of rising home prices and low inventory can be discouraging to first-time home-buyers, to the extent that some may actually give up on pursuing the “American dream” of homeownership.

However, there is hope and help for homebuyers in Hawaii. The Hawaii HomeOwnership Center (HHOC), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating “successful homebuyers,” provides education and individual coaching so buyers understand the purchase process and the resources available to them. We help them develop an “action plan” to address any barriers that may confront them on the path to homeownership.

HHOC understands that sustainable homeownership is the key to strong families and the foundation of strong, cohesive communities. Owning your own home means more than just having shelter for your family – it means stability, independence, and a platform for success in personal endeavors.

Since 2003 when HHOC opened its doors, we have helped more than 1,060 individuals and families purchase a home. So we know our formula of classes combined with personal coaching works!

Buyer-readiness and perseverance are the key to getting into the housing market and will eventually lead to success, even in a market with comparatively high prices. There are affordable options out there, and finding the right home to suit your family’s needs is a “possible dream.”

Marjorie and Jeremiah Tayao can attest to this. After a frustrating start towards homeownership, they were on the verge of giving up when they came to HHOC. The classes provided the reality-check and perspective they needed to set their priorities for their first home purchase and the coaching sessions helped them identify what they needed to do to move forward in the purchase process. On July 11, the Tayaos got the keys to their new home (see photo).

Whether you are now ready to buy a home or are still facing some challenges, we invite you to contact us here at HHOC for more information about how our program works or to enroll in upcoming classes. You can call us at 523-9500 or email info@hihomeownership.org.

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