Washington Homebuyer Resources

Kelley Nayo-Jahi

Welcome

My name is Kelley Nayo-Jahi, and I am passionate about supporting people toward improving their financial condition. Although my family experienced poverty during my youth, I was given the opportunity to pursue a formal education. In my adulthood, I began a personal quest to strengthen my relationship with money and create financial stability as well as opportunities for my loved ones. It is my honor to share the wisdom of my journey with the Landed community.

If you're thinking about buying a home but are not sure you're ready, we are pleased to share this database of organizations who offer a wide range of homebuying education services. The database contains resources in a number of cities and counties throughout the state. Feel free to connect with the organizations in your community to discover ways to create more financial security in your life. 

We look forward to supporting you in your financial wellness journey.

Kelley Nayo-Jahi
Community Resources Lead

National Resources

Affordable Housing

Below Market Rate (BMR) Ownership

These are units priced below market rate, sold by lottery. Typically homebuyer education and counseling are required assets and income restrictions are based on Area Median Income. This is a good option for homebuyers who are hoping to gain stability versus paying a lot of money on rent each month.

Affordable-Housing.org

This website provides resources for programs, preparation, education, etc. for low-income households.

Credit Score Resources

Student Loan Debt and Counseling

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling is a nonprofit organization that helps users understand debt (student loan and otherwise) and advises them on repayment options. With deep knowledge of the various student loan programs and, more importantly, the repayment options available under each one, they will work with users to review their entire financial situation. They not only look at student loan debt, but also at any other outstanding debt users may have, such as a mortgage or credit card debt.

Debt Management Plan

This is a program that helps people with severe debt manage and pay off all their creditors. A DMP sets up a payment schedule to repay debts. By voluntary agreement, users deposit funds with the credit counseling agency each month. The credit counseling agency sends those funds directly to creditors. If collectors call, users can ask them to contact the agency they are working with. Users may also receive a reduction or waiver in finance and/or other charges. When users have completed their payments, the agency will assist them in reestablishing credit.

Mission Asset Fund: Lending Circles

Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is a national nonprofit creating a fair financial marketplace for hardworking families. One of their programs, Lending Circles, is a safe space to save and build credit, while also gaining a financial education. Across the world, friends and family come together to lend money to each other. Lending Circles has transformed this practice into a safe way to build credit. Typical monthly payments are between $50-$200.

Down Payment Assistance Programs

FHA Loans

This loan is insured by the Federal Housing Administration and allows consumers to put as little as 3.5% down to buy a home. FHA loans have been helping people become homeowners since 1934. The FHA, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, insures the loan so lenders can offer a better deal.

Down Payment Resource

This website provides a database of down payment programs specific to each person's financial situation as well as their location. By following the directions on the website, users will be provided with a host of options for down payment support programs.

Financial Planners

Matt Becker, matt@momanddadmoney.com (virtual)

This is a financial planner whom some Landed customers have worked with in the past.

Charlie Bolognino, charlie@sidebysidefinancial.com (virtual)

This is a financial planner whom some Landed customers have worked with in the past. 

GreenPath Financial Wellness (virtual)

GreenPath helps people look at their holistic financial situation and assist in achieving their financial goals. They don't have Bay Area offices, but they can work with consumers over the phone for free, or for a small fee if users would prefer a customized management program.

Learning Opportunities

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

This is a U.S. government agency that offers tools to ensure banks and other financial institutions treat consumers fairly. They aim to make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole. They protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices and take action against companies that break the law. They also arm people with the information, steps, and tools that they need to make smart financial decisions. Their "Consumer Tools" section offers resources on credit scores, mortgages, and owning a home.

My FirstHome® Online Course

This is a free online program through Wells Fargo to help users understand homeownership steps and facts in a fun, interactive way. This free, interactive learning experience provides an overview of what consumers need to know to become a successful homeowner. Completing the program takes about an hour; users can stop and resume at the same spot at any time.

Programs for people without an SSN

ITIN Number

This is a program that helps users get set up for homeownership without an SSN by opting to instead get an ITIN Number (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number ). The ITIN Number has many of the same characteristics and benefits as a Social Security Number – but is given to those people who cannot get an SSN.

Mission Asset Fund: Lending Circles

Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is a national nonprofit creating a fair financial marketplace for hardworking families. One of their programs, Lending Circles, is a safe space to save and build credit, while also gaining a financial education. Across the world, friends and family come together to lend money to each other. Lending Circles has transformed this practice into a safe way to build credit. Typical monthly payments are between $50-$200.

Savings

Acorns

This is an app that takes spare change from users' purchases and makes "micro-investments" for them. The money is invested into a portfolio of their choice depending on their savings preferences (i.e. conservative, more risky, etc.). Every dollar invested is automatically diversified across 7,000 stocks and bonds to help improve return while reducing risk.

The Down Payment Movement

This is a network of people helping each other save up for down payments together.

EarnUp

This is an online platform that helps users pay off all different kinds of debt in one place. It calculates ways to help users pay off debts sooner while saving more money in the process. EarnUp can be used with home mortgage, auto loan, student loan, or credit card loan. Membership costs $9.95/month.


King County

Affordable Housing

Housing Search NW

A free resource to help you find a home in the state of Washington that fits your needs and budget. Property owners and managers can post apartments or homes for rent at any time, which means that our list is always current.

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

A coalition of organizations building and protecting safe, healthy affordable homes for everyone in Washington.

ARCH Housing

Affordable and below market rate housing for low to moderate income families.

Credit Score Resources

Clearpoint Credit Solutions

Offer credit repair, first-time homebuyer support and other financial education tools.

LSI Credit Solutions

Credit repair agency.

The Credit Pros

Free consultations, credit counseling.

Down Payment Assistance Programs

Loftium

Offers down payments on residences for buyers who have been approved by a lender. Loftium has the buyer list a room on Airbnb for 3 years and split the profits.

Financial Planners

Solid Ground

Connects people with resources to help gain stability, including financial fitness boot camp workshops.

Goddard Financial Planning

Helps consumers create personal financial plans and offers investment advice.

Learning Opportunities

Affordable Housing Conference

Annual-conference on affordable housing that discusses homebuying, collaboration, and networking.

Homesight

Helps first-time homebuyers create a personalized path to homeownership through education and down payment assistance.

Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Homebuyer education, home loans, down payment assistance and closing costs assistance.


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