Homeownership

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Habitat Greensboro give homes away?

No. Habitat Greensboro provides qualifying households the opportunity to purchase affordable homes.

Do applicants have to have children or be married to purchase a home through Habitat Greensboro?

No. Habitat Greensboro is an equal housing opportunity provider that does not discriminate for any reasons related to race, sex, national origin, religion, familial status, handicap, or color. Applications are selected on three criteria:

  • Need for adequate housing.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat Greensboro.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

These criteria are specified in the list of qualifications at the link below:

What size are Habitat Greensboro homes? 

Homes are 3 bedroom/ 2 bath, 4 bedroom/ 2 bath, or 5 bedroom/3 bath houses.

Are Habitat Greensboro homes safe and energy-efficient?

Yes! Habitat Greensboro homes are constructed using green building standards, producing energy efficient homes that protect the environment and reduce utility bills. Additionally, each home passes a city/state building inspection prior to closing.

How does Habitat Greensboro pay for construction costs?

Habitat Greensboro relies on the support of sponsors, donors, volunteers, and Habitat homeowners in process to help build homes.

How many homes has Habitat Greensboro built?

Since 1987, Habitat Greensboro has built and renovated more than 470 homes in the city of Greensboro, NC. Also, we’ve nearly matched that total with our international efforts between Honduras and Jordan.

What is expected of a homebuyer once approved?

Homebuyers are expected to invest 250 sweat-equity hours in building his/her home and others, pay modest closing costs, and attend homeowner education classes with the affiliate which is included in sweat-equity.

How do you calculate mortgage payments?

Monthly mortgage payments are calculated based on the homeowner’s income at the time of closing in conjunction with home price. Being sure not to exceed 30 years loan terms, payment will not exceed 30% of homeowner’s gross monthly income.

Does Habitat Greensboro renovate existing homes?

Yes, we sometimes do renovate existing homes. However, we first do a thorough investigation and assessment to ensure that any home selected for renovation can meet the same quality and green-building standards that we follow with new builds. Air quality, sustainability and energy-efficiency are as important in our renovated homes as they are in newly constructed houses.