Homebuyer Education

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Homebuyer Education is designed to increase knowledge and build new skills in the area of homeownership. NeighborWorks® America's mission is to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. Subjects covered during this 8 hour course will include:

- Homeownership readiness and affordability
- Money and credit management
- Types of properties and financing available
- Purchase, mortgage, and closing processes
- Home maintenance and financial management after home purchase

The course focuses not only on purchasing the home, but also addresses issues about keeping the home. The REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach is providing this event in conjunction with the Lee County Housing Development Corporation.

A textbook "Realizing The American Dream" by NeighborWorks®, handouts, lunch and refreshments are provided for all attendees.

Attendees who complete the 8 hour course will have satisfied the educational requirements for down payment assistance, Florida Housing Finance Corporation and the NSP Program.

The class is offered on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach Education Center.

The Education Center is located at 4081 Center Pointe Drive in Fort Myers, FL (behind the Association offices). To respect everyone's commitment, please try to arrive at 8:15 am to complete registration and get seated.

Who or what is Lee County Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and how did they get started? The HDC is a private non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating affordable housing for low to moderate income families in Lee County.

In the Mid 1980s the "Affordable Housing Task Force" was made up of private citizens who were looking into ways of developing additional housing that could be made affordable for purchase by lower income families. This group was assigned the task of looking into ways that money being made available through the federal and state governments could be utilized to construct affordable housing in neighborhoods targeted for redevelopment.

The rules governing the use of these funds required that the monies be funneled through a community based non-profit organization. Thus, at the recommendation of the Affordable Housing Task Force, six community leaders with a passion for affordable housing decided to form the HDC, which was incorporated in August, 1991.



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