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Bloomington's HAND To Host Home Buyers Club In February
Updated January 22, 2014 6:34 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington's Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) will host the Home Buyers Club in February.

The workshops offer participants a chance to learn how to become successful homeowners. Workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 8.

The Home Buyers Club program helps first-time home buyers understand and overcome the obstacles involved in realizing the American dream of home-ownership. 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 home-ownership 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

For more information, contact HAND at the phone number listed above or visit the website at

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