Homebuyer Education

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At this in-person workshop, participants learn about the entire home buying process from housing industry experts and HomeStart staff, topics covered include:

  • Personal and financial advantages of homeownership
  • Basic terms of the real estate transaction
  • Purchasing a home and understanding credit
  • Selecting a real estate broker, lender, and/or attorney
  • Shopping for your home and obtaining a mortgage loan
  • Fair Housing Laws
  • Purchase process including writing an offer, counteroffers, inspection requirements, contingencies, and closing documents
  • Insurance needs
  • Budget for future home maintenance
  • Closing process
  • And more!

To register for this workshop, you must complete one-on-one homebuyer advising. To get started with intake, click Create Your Account and select Homebuyer Coaching and check the box “I want to take a Homebuyer Education course.”

When completed, the participant in this HUD certified Homebuyer Education class will receive a certificate* that may be used to qualify for numerous down payment programs. To see our workshop schedule, please check out our class calendar.
Fee: $75

*Certificate is valid for one year upon completion of course


homebuyer Education Step 1

Create an account, complete Dashboard, and schedule 15 minute Welcome to HomeStart phone intake appointment.

homebuyer Education Step 2

Complete intake call, gather and upload intake documents, then schedule one-on-one homebuyer coaching.

homebuyer Education Step 3

Attend one-on-one homebuyer coaching appointment, over the phone or in-person.

homebuyer Education Step 4

Register for workshop, pay online with credit card or with cash or check at workshop.

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