Latinos, the fastest-growing group in the United States, were among the minority groups disproportionately harmed by the mortgage foreclosure crisis.

Now the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Real Estate, Trust and Estate Law and the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities are attempting to help them avoid the pitfalls and understand the steps to buying a home through a 20-minute video called “The Keys to My House” (“Las Llaves de Mi Casa” in Spanish).

Many housing experts involved in helping Hispanics and other families during the foreclosure crisis said these families did not fully understand the details of buying a home, which left them more vulnerable to adverse consequences from financial agreements and purchase contracts that didn’t protect their interests.

The video provides education about buying a home and is accompanied by guides in Spanish and English with information about how to find a housing adviser, what to look for in a purchase contract and about financing options.

To view the video in English or Spanish and to read the accompanying resource material, click here.

Michele Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at and put “Town Square” in the subject line.