Homebuyer Education and Counseling

The first step to creating successful homeowners is education. Educated homeowners stay in their homes longer, take pride in their properties, and have one-third less foreclosures. NeighborWorks Montana’s network partners across the state offer in-depth classes on all aspects of homeownership.

All classes meet HUD requirements and are taught by National Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling Certified educators. Completion of a certified homebuyer class is a requirement for many specialized loan products, including NeighborWorks Montana loans. To receive a certificate, participants must attend all sections of the course. Courses are at least 8 hours in length and are offered over the course of a full day or two-to-three evenings depending on the organization.

Topics covered in these classes include:
Assessing Readiness to Buy a Home
Budgeting and Credit
Financing a Home
Selecting a Home
Maintaining a Home and Finances

Find an upcoming class near you

Homebuyer education is one of the many services offered by NeighborWorks Montana’s network partner organizations. For aspiring homeowners, many organizations also offer one-on-one homebuyer counseling both in person and via phone. Find an organization near you to learn more about the services they offer, register for a class and schedule a counseling session.

eHome America 

Online homebuyer education class is offered where no homebuyer education classes are available. For more information or to register, call Rosalie Kiernan at (406) 761-5861 or Hanna Tester at (406) 240-4493.

Homebuyer Education and Financial Fitness classes are funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Montana Board of Housing, Montana Department of Commerce, NeighborWorks® Montana, and philanthropic donors.