To register for an upcoming First-time Homebuyer Orientation Session on Zoom, please visit our event registration page here.

This virtual class is only 1-hour and it’s free! NOTE – We’ve changed the day to Thursdays.

NOTE – This orientation session is an introductory look into the homebuying process and does not qualify for a certificate. To receive the certificate, you will need to register and complete HIP’s 8-hour Homebuyer Education Workshop on Saturdays, or the eHome online course.


2024 Virtual Orientation Schedule

Thursday, Feb 8 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, March 14  | 7:00 – 8:00 pm


Here’s what we’ll cover in one hour:

 Today’s housing market
 Steps to buying a home
 Credit scores and down payments
 Roles of the real estate agent and mortgage lender

If you have questions about the free, 1-hour First-Time Homebuyer Orientation Session, please reach out to us at homebuyer@HIPhomes.org

Andrew Foster, MSRE, CRE
Andrew Foster, MSRE, CREVolunteer Instructor
Andrew Foster is the new volunteer instructor of HIP’s First-Time Homebuyer Orientation Session. Andrew is a Director at Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) where he focuses on commercial real estate credit analysis. Prior to joining KBRA, he was Associate Vice President at the Mortgage Bankers Association and prior to that, held leadership roles at Fitch Ratings and S & P Global Ratings.

This is a 1-hour introductory session intended to help first-time homebuyers understand the process to purchase a home in the current market conditions and inspire them to start their homebuying journey armed with solid information. HIP’s hope is that after the conclusion of the 1-hr session, attendees will be motivated to become mortgage-ready by enrolling in HIP’s Homebuyer Education Workshop on Saturdays, or working one-on-one with a certified housing counselor.