ROCKY HOMEBUYER EDUCATION AND COUNSELING
Rocky Mountain Development Council offers a monthly Homebuyer Education class. The purpose of the class is to teach potential homeowners about the process of purchasing a home. ATTENTION: The June 20, 2020 Home Buyer Education class has been cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are seeking online learning alternatives, NeighborWorks America is an excellent resource.
WHAT IS HOMEBUYER EDUCATION CLASS FOR?
Homebuyer Education classes provide in-depth information on many aspects of homeownership including:
- Finding a home
- Choosing a lender/closing on a loan
- Homeowner’s insurance
- Home inspection & maintenance
- Energy savings
*The registration cost is subject to change.
Rocky Mountain Development Council depends on an array of experts, from areas of homeownership, to give presentations throughout the class.
Bev Dashnaw, Housing Counselor
Homebuyer education classes are funded in part by the Montana Board of Housing, Montana Department of Commerce, NeighborWorks Montana, and philanthropic donors.
In October of 2019, I was offered an amazing opportunity. The owner of the duplex that I was currently living in offered to sell it to me. I’d lived in the building for two years prior to the seller’s offer and had come to love the neighborhood. I grew up in East Helena and had wanted to live downtown ever since I was a little kid. So when the opportunity to buy the duplex presented itself, I knew I had to try and make it happen.
While I wanted the place, I had no idea of the homebuying process, nor was I in a financial position to buy a home. Still, I went to the Rocky Mountain Development Council and met with Bev Dashnaw to see if there was anything that I could do. Much to my surprise - I was eligible for a homebuyer’s grant. After a couple meetings, Bev helped me plot a route to buying the home. It took three months of hard work, but I managed to close on the duplex at the end of January. Not only is it exciting to be a homeowner, but the financial literacy I gained from Bev and Rocky is truly invaluable and something I desperately needed long-term.
I can’t thank you all enough for all of the help and opportunities that Bev and Rocky provided.
“A comprehensive review of everything you need to know as you embark on the journey to homeownership. I now feel empowered and confident to start this process. Most importantly, I think, I now know who to call, what questions to ask, and how to get all the information I would need to move forward with buying a house. This class put all of the moving pieces of the home buying process in one convenient package. I would recommend to anyone!” – Valerie
“Before the class, the whole process seemed very murky and intimidating. Now I have a much better idea of how it works with lenders, agents, title and insurance. I feel more informed and more empowered as a buyer.” – Rhonda
“I learned so much from every speaker today. Very informative! I like how the speakers are setup to follow the home buying process. Great job!” – Jessica
“I feel far more confident in the home buying process now that I have been through the class. The instructors answered all my questions and more.” – Christian