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Homebuyer Education Workshops

For families dreaming of owning their own home, but uncertain about how to make that dream a reality, the Central Nebraska Housing and Economic Developers (CNHED) is conducting REACH-Approved Homebuyer Educational workshops, and offering Downpayment Assistance.  REACH (Readiness-Education-Awareness Collaborative for Homebuyers and Homeowners) was established in 1997 to remove the barriers to homeownership through a statewide education delivery system, enhancing the success of homebuyers in achieving and maintaining homeownership. Nearly 60 percent of households become homebuyers within one year of completing a homebuyer education program delivered by a certified REACH Affiliate.

CNHED offers two options for completing a Homebuyer Educational workshop.  Face-to-face workshops are offered on a monthly basis throughout the region, or the workshop can be completed by taking an online course.
Both the face-to-face workshop and the online workshop are designed to take the uncertainty out of the homebuying process, and will take families step by step through the homebuying process, including:
  • Deciding whether homeownership is right for you
  • Shopping for a house that meets your needs
  • Obtaining a home mortgage and other forms of financing
  • Closing the sale
  • Maintaining the house after it’s yours
  • Successfully handling your mortgage obligation
This is an exciting program that offers families the opportunity to realize their dream of owning their own home. Homeownership provides stability to families and communities, and fosters economic development in the region.

Online Homebuyer Education Workshop

Central Nebraska Housing and Economic Developers have partnered with eHome America to offer an online Homebuyer Education workshop.  This online course takes approximately 8 hours to complete and can be completed at your own pace.   More information and registration for the online Homebuyer Education Workshop offered by CNHD can be found at http://www.ehomeamerica.org/cnhd.
Online Workshop Details
  • Cost–$99 per person
  • Some mortgage and down payment assistance programs require all persons listed on the property deed to complete the workshop

More information about the Online Homebuyer Education workshop can be obtained by contacting Melissa Krysl, Marketing Specialist, at 402-340-6464 or via e-mail at melissa@cnhdhome.org.

2017 Face-to-Face Homebuyer Education Workshops

Face-to-Face Workshop Details

  • Cost–$50 per person
  • Pre-registration required
  • Participants must attend both evenings to receive a certificate of completion
  • Some mortage and down payment assistance programs require all persons listed on the property deed to complete the workshop
2017 Workshop Schedule
All workshops are held from 6-10 p.m. both evenings.
  • January 19 & 26 -O’Neill, at Holt County Economic Development, 330 E Hancock
  • February 16 & 23 – Broken Bow, at Mid-Plains Community College, 2520 South E Street
  • March 16 & 23 – Ord, at Ord Housing Authority, 2410 K St
  • April 20 & 27 – O’Neill, at Holt County Economic Development, 330 E Hancock
  • May 18 & 25 – Valentine, at Mid-Plains Community College, 113 N Hall
  • June 15 & 22 – Broken Bow, at Mid-Plains Community College, 2520 South E Street
  • July 13 & 20 – Valentine, at Mid-Plains Community College, 113 N Hall
  • August 17 & 24 – Bassett, at RC&D Building, E Hwy 20
  • September 7 & 14 – O’Neill, at Holt County Economic Development, 330 E Hancock
  • October 12 & 19 – Broken Bow, at Mid-Plains Community College, 2520 South E Street
  • November 9 & 16 – Burwell, at Burwell Housing Authority, 400 N. 8th Street
  • December 7 & 14 – Ainsworth, at Ainsworth Conference Center, 606 E 4th St.

To sign up for a Homebuyer Education Workshop, contact Melissa Krysl, Marketing Specialist, at 402-340-6464 or via e-mail at melissa@cnhdhome.org.

Downpayment Assistance Program

Many families dream of owning a home, but lack the funds necessary for a downpayment. The Central Nebraska Housing and Economic Developers’ Downpayment Assistance with Rehab Program provides funds for income-eligible families that can help make their dreams a reality.
To inquire about Downpayment Assistance funds, contact Judy Petersen, Executive Director, at 402-340-0106 or via e-mail at judy@cnhdhome.org

Keeping Your Home/Foreclosure Prevention

Central Nebraska Housing and Economic Developers, with partnership from eHome America, offers an online Foreclosure Prevention course.  This course enables you to understand and navigate the foreclosure process and to understand the options that are available for your particular situation.
The cost of the course is $20, and the course can be completed at your own pace.
More information and registration for the online Foreclosure Prevention course can be found at http://ehomeforeclosure.org/cnhd

Mortgage Lenders

NIFA (Nebraska Investment Finance Authority) – Home Mortgage Loans Think you can’t afford a home?  Think again.  NIFA’s low interest and low-down payment mortgages will help you buy and keep the home of your dreams.
Follow this link to learn about NIFA’s home mortgage packages and search  for a NIFA participating lender.   NIFA Home Mortgages
USDA Rural Development – Home Mortgage Loans USDA Rural Development in Nebraska has various programs avilable to aid in the development of Rural America.  For all Rural Housing programs in Nebraska, rural areas include unincorporated rural areas and communities with a population of 20,000 or less, including the communities of Norfolk and Columbus.
USDA Representatives below can be contacted for more information about USDA’s Single Family Housing home mortgage loans:

  • Kearney Office, Cheryl Larson, Single Family Housing Specialist, 308-237-3118 Ext. 1123
  • Norfolk Office, Jeff Carpenter, Single Family Housing Specialist, 402-371-5350 Ext. 1020
  • Scottsbluff Office, Tammy Strey, Single Family Housing Specialist, 308-632-2195 Ext. 1135
  • Lincoln Office, Rebecca Adams, Single Family Housing Specialist, 402-437-5551

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