NeighborWorks Housing Counseling News
Pre-purchase Counseling Proving Helpful
Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
As part of National Homeownership Month, Shaun and Nicole Avery journeyed from rural Maine to the White House in late June to tell their story about how homeownership education classes helped pave the way to their first home. Nicole and Shaun -- an active member of the Coast Guard -- participated in homebuyer education and pre-purchase courses offered by Coastal Enterprises Inc., a counseling agency approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Averys went through a 10-hour, web-based curriculum that allowed them to proceed at their own pace, followed by several in-person consultations with a counselor. As a result, they were able to pair a state-sponsored down payment assistance program with a VA loan....