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Homebuying 101

Last updated: 12/6/17

Homebuying 101

The Homebuyer 101 class is a requirement for many of our other classes and financing programs. The class certificate qualifies you to get financing help through the City. You can't use City of Boston financing for programs outside of Boston.

There is a $25 class fee for residents, and $40 for non-residents. You need to pay the fee online when you register. If you need to pay by money order, make it out to Financial Education Associates and send it to:

Boston Home Center
26 Court St. 9th Floor
Boston MA, 02108
Attn: Jacqueline Cooper

We don't offer refunds, but you can reschedule your class one time for free. If you need to cancel, you must give us at least 24-hours notice. Email, or call the Boston Home Center at 617-635-HOME.

To be eligible for the funding, you can’t have owned a home within the last three years. You're not considered a first time homebuyer if you own a home in another state.

Anyone whose name will be on the mortgage needs to take the class. If you took a class with another certified CHAPA-approved buying service, we accept their certificate. Find out more about the financial help you can get.

Register for  Homebuying 101

Note: if the class you'd like to take has been filled, you may want to check with one of our approved partner agencies to see if they have an open class. You can also email us at


Still have questions? Contact:
Neighborhood Development
26 Court Street
8th, 9th, and 11th Floors
Boston, MA 02108-2501
United States