First Time Home Buyer Classes

First Time Home Buyer Classes

Our Home Buyer Education Course is a 8-hour class taught by certified housing counselors and industry professionals with expertise in their fields.

About the Class

If you require an interpreter, please contact our team at least 7 days in advance so that arrangements can be made. Please note that due to the nature of the material being discussed, a professional interpreter is required.

The course meets one of the requirements for participants to receive the $5,000 MaineHousing Advantage Grant that they can apply toward their down payment and closing costs.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Navigate the home-buying process
  • Manage money and maximize creditworthiness
  • Qualify for and obtain a mortgage loan
  • Get the most out of your home inspection
  • Complete the closing process

All Home Buyer Education Courses are offered live via webinar on the dates they are scheduled. The live webinar format is approved by HoMEworks and grants the same eligibility for the Maine State Housing Loan as in-person classes.

Upcoming Home Buyer Education Classes

  • The cost for each class is $30 per person or $50 per couple.
  • Please be advised that we are unable to offer refunds for online registrations.
  • We respectfully request that you do not bring children or infants to class.

Need an Earlier Date?

Are you closing soon and can’t seem to fit one of our in-person classes into your schedule? We’ve got you covered!

Learn online! hoMEworks has partnered with eHome America to offer a fee-based online certification course. The course takes 8 to 10 hours, and you may stop and start at any time. Short quizzes will verify your understanding of key information. There is a test at the end which you will need to pass to receive a certificate of completion. Also included is a short telephone session with a hoMEworks Educator who will provide information about local, state, and federal homeownership programs available in Maine. Click below to register for the course and select a hoMEworks Educator.

Have questions? Contact our HomeOwnership Center for support

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Home Buyer Education Class cost?
The cost is $35 per person and $50 per couple.

I’m buying a house with a partner; do we each need to take the class?
Yes. If both parties are going to be listed on the mortgage, both must register and complete the course.

Does Avesta offer properties to purchase?
No. Avesta Housing manages many affordable housing rental properties across Maine and New Hampshire, but does not offer properties to purchase.