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Homebuyer Education & Counseling

Just getting started? For many, the first step to becoming a successful homeowner is attending a homebuyer education workshop or getting pre-purchase counseling.

Mortgage lenders often require borrowers to complete an approved homebuyer education course in order to qualify for special incentive programs, including downpayment and closing cost assistance.

Minnesota Home Ownership Center

The Minnesota Home Ownership Center offers resources and education to first time homebuyers.  The Center's network of partners offers Home Stretch, a two-part program to simplify the home buying process and to prepare first time homebuyers for the important choices related to home ownership.

Find your local housing counselor here and a list of upcoming Home Stretch courses in the metro area here.

Homebuyer Education
Program Geographic Service Area Program Details
African Development Center Homebuyer Education
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Twin Cities Metro, St. Cloud, Rochester, Owatonna, Mankato, Willmar
• Focused on African immigrant and refugee community in MN
• Open to anyone
Community Neighborhood Housing Services Homebuyer Education
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Twin Cities Metro Area
• HUD approved non-profit counseling service provider
• Classes offered in English, Spanish and Hmong
Neighborhood Development Alliance Homebuyer Education
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Twin Cities Metro Area
• Classes are offered in English and in Spanish
• HUD certified home ownership counseling provider
Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis Homebuyer Education
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Twin Cities Metro
• Pre- and post-purchase training and counseling
PRG Homebuyer Education
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Twin Cities Metro
• Interpreters may be available for languages other than English