If you have not owned a home in the last three years, you qualify as a first time homebuyer.

Our First Time Homebuyer Program is designed to inform and educate potential homeowners about home buying and homeownership issues. Our program will help you address your credit report issues, learn to budget for housing expenses, and shop for lenders. 

The Homeownership Program is an eight (8) hour course, divided into three (3) sessions:


The process of purchasing a home will be explained and we will answer the questions you have about how we can help you reach your goal of owning your own home.

Homebuyer Education

Held monthly, this class takes you step-by-step through the process of buying a home and helps you determine if homeownership is right for you. Topics covered are:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of homeownership
  • Key steps and players in the homeownership process
  • What to look for in realtor selection
  • How to select a lender
  • What to expect in the loan process
  • What to look for in selecting a home
  • What to do before you make an offer
  • Underwriting:  The 4 C’s of Credit (Capital, Capacity, Credit History, and Collateral)
  • Inspections:  The added protection you need
  • Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Structural and Pest Control issues
  • HOME/COT Housing Standards Inspection
  • Lead Base Paint Inspection
  • Maintaining the property once you own it
  • Financial obligations and options if you have difficulty making your mortgage payment

Credit and Budget Counseling

We offer a one-on-one financial evaluation to review your credit report, advise you of any credit problems and develop a plan of action to build or repair your credit and actively assist you in correcting any errors on your credit report.

Financial Assistance
Once you complete the Homebuyers Education classes, Housing Partners of Tulsa, Inc. (HPT) may be able to assist with a portion of the purchase price up to $5,000 toward your down payment and/or closing costs.

Four Steps to Homeownership

  • Education–Homebuyer Seminar. You will learn all about the process of buying a home.
  • Pre-Purchase Help–we advise you about special mortgage programs and help with down payment and closing costs.
  • One-on-One Financial Evaluation
  • Shop for a Home!

To be eligible for assistance, you must be a first-time homebuyer (must not have owned a primary residence in the past three years), you must purchase your home within the city limits of Tulsa. Home must be able to pass HOME/COT Code Inspection and a Lead based Paint Inspection if applicable, your debt to income cannot exceed program limits and your household income cannot exceed the program limits.

Eligible Property
Single Family Detached Homes, Manufactured Homes, Duplex or Condominium

Income Limits

Household Size Income Limits
1 $39,050
2 $44,600
3 $50,200
4 $55,750
5 $60,250
6 $64,700
7 $69,150
8 $73,600

*Income Limits Based on Total Gross Annual Income for all Household Members

Debt to Income Limits

Front end ratio cannot exceed 31% and back end ratio cannot exceed 43%.

Calculated as:

  • Front End Ratio= Monthly Mortgage Payment/ Gross Monthly Income
  • Back End Ratio= (Monthly Mortgage Payment + Monthly Debt)/ Gross Monthly Income

Area of Assistance Tulsa City Limits

Required Inspections
HOME/COT Housing Standards Inspection (Free inspection) and a Lead Base Paint Inspection (Only for houses built before 1978, costs $225.00 and homebuyer is responsible for payment)

Maximum Home Price

Existing Homes

Unit(s) Sales Price*
1 $147,000
2 $188,000
3 $228,000
4 $283,000

New Homes

Unit(s) Sales Price*
1 $227,000
2 $291,000
3 $352,000
4 $436,000

*Local HUD limit. Maximum Home Price is set by the City of Tulsa’s HOME Funds Program

Maximum Assistance up to $5,000 (5% of purchase price, minimum of $1,000 applied as a soft second mortgage).  Client required to provide 1% of purchase amount.  Client cannot receive money back at closing.  Funds are provided according to client’s financial needs.




*This program is financed in whole or in part by funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as administered by the City of Tulsa.