Home Stretch: one step closer to homeownership

Contributing Writer
Bill Morgan
If you are looking to purchase your first home, now is the time to participate in Home Stretch! 
Home Stretch is a highly recommended first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home buying process. In one day, you will learn about qualifying for a mortgage, financing a home, credit, real estate, the closing process, basic home maintenance and affordable mortgage products that may be available to first-time homebuyers.  
Some affordable mortgage products, government loans and down payment and closing cost assistance programs may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate.  This workshop is available for free for the month of June.
Homebuyer education is also offered as an online course.  Framework is a new online tool to prepare you for successful homeownership. Framework will provide you with the facts you need to become a knowledgeable buyer.  Many lenders have approved Framework to meet homebuyer education requirements.
Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization providing affordable housing services to the central region of Minnesota, coordinates the Home Stretch workshop.  
The next workshop will be offered in Elk River as a two day workshop June 3 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and June 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Elk River Public Library. Registration is required, and participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop. 
To register for the online Framework course or the Home Stretch workshop, please contact Trista at 320-258-0681 and visit their website www. cmhp.net for more information.  
Pre-purchase counseling is also available by appointment and is strongly recommended prior to taking Home Stretch. 
This is a free service to anyone who wants to speak with a certified homeownership counselor about their financial situation prior to buying a home. 


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