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Homebuyer education and home loan discounts

Get significant discounts on mortgage fees and advice from home-buying experts with the Hometown Home Loan program, a benefit offered to UW employees and immediate family members through a partnership with HomeStreet Bank. The program offers:

Homebuyer Class
These free 5-hour classes are taught in conjunction with the WA State Housing Finance Commission and provides a certificate of completion that fulfills the pre-requisite for applying for various down-payment assistance programs. Spouse and partners are encouraged to attend. Lunch and parking are included. Classes are offered at various sites around Puget Sound. To sign up and to see dates and locations go to

Reduced closing costs and fees
Your Hometown Home Loan discounts are available to you exclusively through HomeStreet Bank’s Affinity Lending Center. When you get your home loan through the Affinity center, you’ll receive a credit worth 0.50 percent of the loan amount to use towards closing costs. On a $500,000 loan, for example, that credit’s worth $2,500. Using a participating Realtor can double your savings with a 1% discount on the home purchase price!

Home Consultations/Pre-Qualification Sessions
As you prepare to buy a home, one of the first steps is to meet with a non-commissioned Hometown loan officer and get pre-qualified. Based on your finances and the current housing market, a pre-qualification appointment gives you a realistic idea of what you can afford right now or how much you need to save. The appointment is private, and you’re welcome to bring your spouse, partner, or potential co-signer.

Loan reviews and refinancing options
Does your current mortgage meet your needs? Both property values and interest rates change often, so it’s important to periodically review your home loan. The loan officers at HomeStreet Bank are available to help you explore your options and make sure you have a loan that works well for you.

For more information go to or call the Hometown Hotline 206-628-0207 Mon-Fri 8:00am-9:00pm and Sat 9:00am-5:00pm. Also, check out the Whole U events page for on-campus seminars of interest to future and current home owners.