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New Hampshire

February 20, 2013

Free online class offered to would-be home-buyers

New Hampshire Housing has released a new, online home-buyer education course to make home ownership education easily accessible to prospective home-buyers across the state.

“Becoming a Homeowner,” a free course located at Education.GoNewHampshireHousing.com, provides both first-time home-buyers and previous homeowners looking to re-enter the market with the latest information about the home-buying process.

Topics covered by the course include preparing for home ownership, financing a home, purchasing a homeand closing.

Users can also register and take a 25-question, end-of-course test to receive a certificate of completion that can be used toward homeownership counseling requirements for programs such as New Hampshire Housing’s Home Preferred mortgage.

The course is compatible with tablet computers and also features extra tools and resources, and contact information for HUD-approved housing counselors by location.

“We believe that education is the first and most important step a person can take in the home buying process,” said Ignatius MacLellan, managing director, Homeownership Division at New Hampshire Housing. “Our goal with this new online class is to make that step easier to take by providing home-ownership education that is free and easily accessible to Granite State residents.”

The course is the latest effort by New Hampshire Housing to support home-ownership education in New Hampshire.

More educational resources, including a list of home-buyer seminars across the state, can be found at GoNewHampshireHousing.com.

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority is a self-supporting public benefit corporation. The authority operates a number of rental and home-ownership programs designed to assist low- and moderate-income persons with obtaining affordable housing.

Since its inception, New Hampshire Housing has helped more than 39,000 families purchase their own homes and has been instrumental in financing the creation of more than 14,500 multi-family housing units.

More information about its programs can be found on the agency’s website at nhhfa.org or GoNewHampshireHousing.com.

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