Tired of Renting? Learn to be a Homeowner with an Online Homebuyer Education Class

Thu, 08/05/2021 - 3:40pm

Story Location:
80 Belmont Ave. (Route 3)
Belfast, ME 04915
United States

Belfast, Maine — An online homebuyer education class is being offered by MaineStream Finance, a Penquis subsidiary, through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. This one day class is being held online, Sat., Aug. 7 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and the fee is $30. 

A first-time homebuyer education class is required for some mortgages, such as Maine Housing, and may give qualified buyers access to funding towards down payment and closing costs. A certificate of completion allows access to special loan programs through MSHA, FHA and VA and is valid for two years. The class will provide homebuyers more confidence when asking questions and making decisions about homeownership and closing costs.

In order to increase access to this opportunity, the UMaine Hutchinson Center is providing free internet and computer access to people who wouldn’t be able to attend this class otherwise.

This live streaming online, instructor-led interactive 8-hour homebuyer education class is taught by industry professionals (lenders, home inspectors, real estate agents) in an educational, non-sales oriented environment. Homebuyer education classes provide an opportunity to learn about the home buying process in a neutral environment. 

An additional homebuyer education class will be offered through the Hutchinson Center on Sep. 18, from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. More information is online.

For more information about this and other homebuyer education classes, please visit MaineStream Finance’s website. To register for this class, go here. Participants who need access to the internet or a computer may contact the Hutchinson Center online to reserve a spot. 

About MaineStream Finance: 

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penquis, MaineStream Finance is a non-profit organization dedicated to economic development by providing credit, capital, and financial services that are often unavailable from traditional financial institutions. Since 1999, MaineStream, a nonprofit community development financial  institution (CDFI), has served Maine homeowners, homebuyers, consumers, and entrepreneurs in securing the needed advice and financing they need to grow and thrive. MaineStream Finance delivers these services through lending, savings products, classes, and 1:1 advisory support. MaineStream works closely with federal and state agencies, foundations, and local financial institutions to help them meet Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) goals through financial education programs, loan capital, and volunteering opportunities for homeowners and small businesses.

About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orono, that serves as an educational and cultural center for the midcoast area. It is named for University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.