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Homebuyer Education

8 Hour - Pre-Purchase Education Class


CHFA offers eight-hour pre-purchase education courses free-of-charge to prospective homebuyers and CHFA loan applicants through its CHFA/HUD-approved, participating counseling agencies located across the state.

The eight-hour pre-purchase course is open to specific CHFA loan applicants and anyone interested in learning about the path to homeownership.  The course includes instruction in the financial and practical aspects of buying and maintaining a home as well as individual financial and credit counseling sessions.  The class is offered on week day evenings and Saturdays to accommodate diverse schedules.


Class Schedule

Download the file below to view a schedule of upcoming classes. 

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Counseling Class Schedule - 8 Hour Pre-Purchase Education Class - 4Q 2015
This chart list the 4th quarter schedules for the Pre-Purchase Education Program. These classes are available to prospective homebuyers.
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What topics are covered in this class?

CHFA’s eight-hour pre-purchase education class provides detailed coverage of the technical, financial and practical aspects involved in buying a home, applying for a mortgage and maintaining a home.  The curriculum reviews the sometimes complex trail of documentation that accompanies a home purchase from the offer to the closing.    For first-time homebuyers unfamiliar with the ongoing costs and requirements of homeownership, this class also assists them in planning a budget and a home maintenance schedule.  In addition to the curriculum on the home buying process, the eight-hour pre-purchase class also offers individualized financial credit and counseling sessions.


Who is allowed to participate?

The eight-hour pre-purchase class is also open to anyone in the community who is interested in learning about the process of purchasing a home. 

Please note:  The eight-hour pre-purchase class is required for loan applicants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program


Who teaches this class?  

Over ten CHFA/HUD-approved counseling agencies conduct the homebuyer education classes and counseling services on behalf of CHFA.  These non-profit agencies are staffed by counseling professionals who are trained in the CHFA loan programs.  


Where and when are the classes held?  

Eight-Hour Pre-purchase classes are offered at a variety of locations across the state and at different times each month.  To accommodate diverse schedules, they are offered on week day evenings and on Saturdays.


How do you register for this class?

Prospective homebuyers and CHFA loan applicants can register in person or by telephone for an eight-hour pre-purchase education course at one of the CHFA participating counseling agencies.

CHFA loan applicants will be provided with reservation numbers by their CHFA-approved Participating Lender.   Applicants who complete the class will be provided with a certificate to verify that they have satisfied the education requirement of the CHFA program.  Participants who are considering purchasing a home may use the certificate for up to 12 months should they choose to apply for a CHFA home loan within that timeframe. It is not necessary to take the three-hour class if closing your loan within 12 months of completing the Eight-hour pre-purchase education class. 


How much does this class cost?  

This class is provided free-of-charge to all eligible CHFA loan applicants and any prospective homebuyers in the community.


Questions? Contact a CHFA counseling agency.

Your CHFA-approved lender can provide you with information about the homebuyer education requirement and refer you to an agency near you.  Or, you may contact a counseling agency directly to obtain more detailed information.

If you still have questions, please contact CHFA:

Name:     Single Family Counseling
Phone:     (860) 571-4396
Fax:(860) 571-3550

Mailing Address:
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
Attn: Single Family Counseling
999 West Street
Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067