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Homebuyer Education Workshop
If you're thinking of buying a home or if your lender mandates homebuyer education, NWWPA’s first-time homebuyer workshops are the perfect place to start. Learn how to shop for a home, navigate loan options, and plan for down payment and closing costs. Loan officers, real estate agents, home inspectors, and insurance representatives cover everything from credit to closing.
In-person workshops are eight hours long and are offered at NWWPA’s HomeOwnership Center in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh and in community-based locations throughout western Pennsylvania.
Create a customer account, or login to your existing account, to sign up for a workshop.
For borrowers who are unable to attend an in-person workshop, NWWPA has partnered with eHome America to offer an online homebuyer education. All eHome participants are also required to meet with a housing counselor, either in person or by phone. The fee for this course is $125, but fees are regularly discounted by our generous sponsors.
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One-on-One Homebuyer Counseling
The first step in the home purchase process is to attend an in-person Homebuyer Workshop or participate in online homebuyer education through eHome America. The next step is to meet with a certified housing counselor to chart the next steps in your homeownership journey. You'll receive individual guidance to help you assess credit, shop for a home, and pre-qualify for a mortgage. We’ll help ensure a smooth closing by reviewing your loan documents and answering your questions. Face-to-face and virtual counseling appointments are available to meet your scheduling needs.
Create a customer account, or login to your existing account, to sign up for counseling.
Please note: We cannot award a homebuyer education certificate without an individual (either in-person or over the phone) counseling session to obtain your information and to provide you with tips for buying a home in the local market.
For most people, a home is their most valuable asset. For existing homeowners, NWWPA hosts workshops periodically that cover post-purchase topics, such as reworking your budget after getting a mortgage, planning for home maintenance and improvements, and getting established in your new neighborhood.
Foreclosure Prevention Services
If you have concerns about keeping up with your mortgage, whether due to a furlough, layoff, job loss, reduced income, or other financial uncertainties, we can help you understand your options. By signing up for our free Crisis Budgeting service, you’ll have access to confidential one-on-one sessions with a housing counselor, currently offered over the phone or via video call. After discussing your concerns, together we will review your household budget to prioritize your spending and savings.
Foreclosure prevention starts the minute you close on your home. For homeowners in need of information about the foreclosure process, NWWPA offers a Foreclosure Education class, through our partner eHome America. This free online course can help you understand what is involved with foreclosure.
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