Online Education: eHome & Framework

online education contentOnline Homebuyer Education Options:

There are two options for online homebuyer education: Framework and eHome. Both meet the education requirements for many down payment programs!

Online workshops DO NOT require clients to create an account with HomeStart, clients can simply register through our eHome or Framework account to get started.

eHome of America

Exceeding national industry standards, this course creates knowledgeable and default-resilient buyers ready for a lifetime of homeownership. Ready to take the course? Register online.

Course fee: $99

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HomeStart partners with Framework, a HUD Certified online Homebuyer Course. When completed, the participant will receive a certificate which can be used to qualify for many down payment programs. To get started, visit the class website.

Learn what you can expect from the online course here.

Course fee: $75

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OnlineEducation Step 1

Register for online education through our HomeStart portal & complete coursework.

OnlineEducation Step 2

After you complete online coursework, a HomeStart staff person will email you our 3 intake documents.

OnlineEducation Step 3

Complete and submit your intake forms & schedule your 30-minute phone appointment with an expert advisor.

OnlineEducation Step 4

After you complete your appointment, your advisor will send you & your lender a certificate of completion and letter.

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