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Bloomington's HAND To Host Home Buyers Club

Last updated on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington’s Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) will host the Home Buyers Club in April.

The workshops offer participants a chance to learn how to become successful homeowners.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 6 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 13.

The Home Buyers Club program helps first-time home buyers understand and overcome the obstacles involved in realizing the American dream of homeownership. Presenters will include HAND's HUD-certified housing counselors, local real estate industry professionals and community non-profit housing providers.

Participants will receive the HAND-produced home-buying guide, "Buying a Home: A Guide For First-Time Home Buyers," and an opportunity to meet with a HAND housing counselor to develop a personalized home-buying action plan. Income eligible participants that complete the classes may apply for $5,000 down payment and closing cost assistance from HAND.

Discussion topics will include:
- Determining if homeownership is right for you
- Developing a household budget and savings plan
- Establishing good credit
- Navigating the home-buying process from start to finish
- Inspecting your potential home
- Locating mortgage application and down payment assistance programs
- Protecting your investment and maintaining your home
- Accessing community and neighborhood housing resources

The Home Buyers Club is offered to anyone in the community at no cost. However, class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To register contact HAND at 349.3401 or at hand@bloomington.in.gov or visit www.bloomington.gov/hand.

The Home Buyers Club is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank and Indiana University Credit Union.

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