FREE First-time Home Buyer Education Classes

Where:                  Project Home’s Training Center

                              1922 S. Stoughton Road Madison WI

When:                   Tuesday June 12 AND June 19, 6 pm – 9:30 pm OR Saturday, June 23, 8am – 4:30 pm

Reservations:      Space is limited.  Please call Project Home @ 608-246-3737 for more information or to register.

Cost:                     FREE 

Down payment assistance funds are available to many home buyers, based on several criteria. One requirement of many of these programs is to complete education and/or counseling and receive a completion certificate. Our Home Buyer Education program is designed to meet the National Industry Standards for Home Ownership Education and Counseling created by the National Advisory Council of NeighborWorks® America.

 June 12 and June 19 first time homebuyer classes:

The Tuesday evening Home Buyer Education classes, offered by GreenPath Debt Solutions and Project Home, allow first time home buyers to learn about homeownership in an environment that encourages questions and protects the potential home buyer from being solicited. They learn about the pros and cons of home ownership, money management skills, credit issues, how to choose a realtor and lender, down payment assistance programs, shopping for a home and obtaining financing from a variety of industry experts and educators. Classes offered the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday evening of every month except Dec.

Home buyers must attend both sessions and a one hour appointment at the GreenPath office at 802 W. Broadway Suite 202, Madison WI to receive their certificate.

June 24 first-time homebuyer class:

This month, we have an additional option for first time home buyers, sponsored by the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County (www.homebuyersroundtable.org), on Saturday June 23, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. There is no requirement for an appointment at GreenPath and home buyers will receive their completion certificate at the workshop. Breakfast and lunch are provided, again courtesy of the Home Buyers Round Table.

All Classes:

There is no cost for the classes. However, the DownPayment Plus program does allow GreenPath to charge $650 for the education/counseling. Lenders/home buyers, please forward the DPP 6 & 7 forms (Down Payment Plus required forms) to ebernards@greenpath.com along with your credit score and we will return them to you when the home buyer has completed his/her program along with an invoice for the services. (Ellen: Will this mean anything to the media, housing writers? Is this going to housing leads, who would know or care about this?)

Flyers for both classes are available upon request or may be attached to this email.

The Housing Center is a joint venture between Project Home and GreenPath Debt Solutions to expand and sustain affordable home-ownership in Dane County.

GreenPath Debt Solutions is a nationwide, non-profit financial organization that assists consumers with credit card debt, housing debt, and bankruptcy concerns. Our customized services and attainable solutions have been helping people achieve their financial goals for 50 years.  The Madison office has been serving local customers for 12 years.  Ellen Bernards has been a housing counselor and housing educator for the last 7 years and was the 2010 recipient of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling’s Individual Counselor of the Year award.

Project Home is a local non-profit organization offering help to Dane & Green County residents for the last 40 years. Project Home’s mission has been to improve the quality and affordability of housing for low-to-moderate income residents. With the rising cost of housing, utilities, and building materials, it is difficult and expensive to tackle the repairs that all homes need. Project Home provides services that will improve homeowners’ comfort, safety, and reduce energy bills.

The Home Buyers Round Table is a non-profit membership organization that is comprised of representatives from the private sector, non-profit groups and local government who share a common goal of promoting homeownership through education. The organization focuses primarily on first time home buyers and low to moderate-income families. The Home Buyers Round Table offers community home buyer fairs, a website filled with valuable resources and a membership committed to meeting the needs of those interested in pursuing homeownership.

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