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Finding Help with Housing Costs

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Renting a Home

Buying a home is probably the biggest financial decision you'll ever make.

Finding the right rental home at the right price and under the right contract can save money, but it can be challenging, particularly in some markets. For tips on renting, buying vs. renting, finding a low-income rental, your rights and responsibilities as a renter, or just basic rental help and advice, visit:

Buying a Home

Buying a home is probably the biggest financial decision you'll ever make. It shouldn't be taken lightly. The information below will help you through this complicated process. In addition to a very useful Home Buyer Checklist, you'll find valuable advice on deciding how much house you can afford, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of home ownership, completing a mortgage loan application, creating a housing budget, making an offer, getting a home inspection, shopping for homeowners’ insurance, and much more!

You can also enroll in and complete the Idaho Finally Home!® Homebuyer Education Classes, taught in nine Idaho locations and available online statewide (for a fee). For locations and schedules at Through these classes, you may become eligible for down payment and closing cost assistance as well as for programs that accept higher debt ratios and for the use of "gifted funds" at closing.

Owning a Home

Are you thinking about refinancing or selling your home? Or, are you considering a reverse mortgage or simply wanting to make your experience as a homeowner a little easier? Visit  HUD: Owning a Home or click on the helpful Websites below.Find info on owning your home


If you are currently in foreclosure or worried about it in the future, you'll find these Websites useful:

Developed by:

Lyle Hansen
University of Idaho Extension Educator-Jerome County
600 2nd Avenue West
Jerome, ID 83338
(208) 324-7578

2014 Update  by:

Nancy M. Porter, Ph.D.
Extension Personal and Family Finance Consultant
University of Idaho
(864) 650-8289

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Editing: Marlene Fritz, Communications Specialist, Boise
Web Design: Jacob Peterson, Web Designer, Moscow

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