Potential homebuyers can educate themselves on the unknowns of homeownership by participating in one of the CDA’s homeownership courses, like:
- Home Stretch Homebuyer Education Program
- Framework Online Homebuyer Education Program
- Pre-Purchase Counseling
Homebuyer education will give you the tools and resources needed to become a successful homeowner.
Home Stretch Homebuyer Education Program
Home Stretch Homebuyer Education teaches homebuyers about the entire homebuying process – from beginning to end – and the responsibilities that come along with purchasing a home.
Topics covered include:
- Budgeting and Credit Issues
- Financing and Qualifying for a Home
- Shopping for a Home
- The Purchase Process
- Closing on a Home
- Life as a Homeowner
Home Stretch is taught by knowledgeable professionals in the homebuying field including a certified Home Stretch educator, mortgage lenders, realtors and home inspectors. Upon completion of this program, Home Stretch participants will receive a Home Stretch certificate.
The CDA holds Home Stretch courses during the evening and on the weekend.
Home Stretch Schedule
Home Stretch courses are held at the CDA office, located at 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan, MN 55123
|August 3, 8, 10||6-9 p.m.||OPEN|
|September 21, 26, 28||6-9 p.m.||OPEN|
|October 19, 24, 26||6-9 p.m.||OPEN|
|November 18 (Saturday)||8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||OPEN|
|December 2 (Saturday)||8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||OPEN|
The cost to complete the Home Stretch homebuyer education course is:
- $20 per household for Dakota County residents
- $40 for non-Dakota County residents
Pre-registration is required so sign up online today for Homestretch! To register by phone, contact our Homeownership Specialist at 651-675-4473.
FRAMEWORK Online Homebuyer Education Program
FRAMEWORK online homebuyer education provides homebuyers with the facts needed to become a well-informed homebuyer through every step of the homebuying process. Many lenders have approved FRAMEWORK to meet their requirements.
Watch this short overview video to learn about FRAMEWORK!
If you feel that FRAMEWORK homebuyer education is the right choice for you as a borrower, one borrower from your household must take the training, but all borrowers must attend a pre-purchase counseling meeting with a CDA homeownership specialist.
The cost of FRAMEWORK online training is $75 per household.
Register online and begin learning today!
Do you want free home buying advice? The CDA’s Pre-Purchase Counseling services provide free individual counseling to Dakota County homebuyers at anytime during the homebuying process, whether you are buying a home now or in the near future.
The goal is to assist homebuyers to create a plan to become successful homeowners. A plan may include: credit repair, creating a household budget in order to save for a downpayment on a home, identifying mortgage loan products that best meet the household’s needs or examining and answering any questions you may have about a loan documents.
If you are interested in pre-purchase counseling or have questions about the homebuying process, contact the Homeownership Specialist at 651-675-4473.
The CDA’s Refinance Counseling service provides one-on-one counseling sessions to homeowners. This provides homeowners an opportunity to compare their current mortgage against a refinanced mortgage.
During the counseling session you can expect to discuss the following:
- Purpose of the refinance
- Advantages of the special mortgage
- Comparison of existing mortgage(s) and the proposed mortgage(s)
- Benefits and costs of refinancing
Minnesota state law requires homeowners paying off a special mortgage to receive counseling.
The cost for Refinance Counseling in $30 per household. The fee is nonrefundable and must be paid via cash or check at the time of counseling or in advance of phone counseling. CDA may, at its discretion, choose to waive fees in some situations.
To schedule a Refinance Counseling appointment, contact the Homeownership Specialist at 651-675-4473.