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
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.