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Homebuyer Education

PRE-PURCHASE COUNSELING   

Howard County Housing, in partnership with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland & Delaware (CCCS), has designed an initiative to promote successful homeownership in Howard County, Maryland. In this program, educational workshops and one-on-one counseling will be offered on a monthly basis to households purchasing a home in Howard County, and/or participating in Howard County Housing’s (HCH) homeownership and rental programs, including, but not limited to, the Settlement Downpayment Loan Program (SDLP) and Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program. CCCS is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and the workshop curriculum is derived from guidelines established by the National Industry Standards for Homeownership and Counseling.  Individuals and families interested in purchasing a home in Howard County are invited to attend. 

Monthly Homebuyer Education Workshop  

The monthly 3-hour homebuyer education workshop will be presented at Howard County Housing’s main office located at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The workshop’s curriculum focuses on the following five areas: assessing home readiness, budgeting and credit usage, financing a home, selecting a house, and maintaining a home and post-purchase finances.  Registration is required for attending a workshop.  Each person who will attend must be registered.  Interested participants can register by emailing  homebuyerclass@howardcountymd.gov or calling 410-313-3696. 

Below are the dates of the workshops for calendar year 2015:   

 

 

Class day: Mondays 

Class time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

No admittance to class after 6:15 pm 

January 26, 2015 

July 20, 2015 (FULL)

February 23, 2015  (FULL) 

August 17, 2015 

March 16, 2015 (FULL) 

September 21, 2015 

April 20, 2015 (FULL) 

October 19, 2015 

May 18, 2015 (FULL) 

November 16, 2015 

June 15, 2015 (FULL) 

December 14, 2015 

 
 
 

One-on-One Counseling Required for Workshop Attendees 

All Homebuyer Education Workshop Attendees are required to complete a 1-hour, one-on-one counseling session with a CCCS credit counselor. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion after they attend both the workshop and receive one-on-one counseling.  Appointments are available over the phone or in-person, at a time convenient for the attendee. During the session, the counselors will assess each individual’s financial situation, set up a budget, and develop personalized action plans for long- and short-term financial goals, including homeownership and credit improvement. 

Completion of the workshop course, including the one-on-one counseling session, complies with the counseling requirements for the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) and the Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program. 

Certificates are issued after completion of the 3 hour homebuyer workshop and the 1 hour phone consultation.  Please note that Howard County’s certificate is not valid in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Harford County and Baltimore City.  If you are planning on purchasing in one of those counties, please access the Maryland Mortgage Program website at www.mmp.maryland.gov to locate the appropriate counseling agency.