First Time Home Buyer Workshop, Online via Zoom, Two Sessions, Jan 24 & 25

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Online via Zoom HUD-approved 8-hour pre-purchase homebuyer workshop. Learn the steps to home ownership&how to obtain an affordable mortgage.

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Due to COVID-19 this class is online via Zoom. UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County is a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling agency. The homebuyer workshop meets the education requirements for down payment assistance programs. You must complete sessions 1 and 2 to receive the certificate of completion.Participants will be mailed a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop after all class requirements are completed.

PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING TICKETS! The cost of the class is $10.00 for an individual or a couple. Scholarships are available for households below 50% of the area median income. For more information, please contact Patricia Caradonna at 386-822-5778 or email at pcaradonna@volusia.org.

To purchase the RIGHT TYPE of Ticket select from the options below:

Select Individual ticket type if you are attending the workshop by yourself.

Select Couples ticket type if someone else will be attending the program with you AND if you plan on sharing course material. Purchase 2 tickets for a couple for a fee of $10.00.

Be sure to fill out all required information under the ordering section to ensure your registration is complete.

For more information, please contact Patricia Caradonna at 386-822-5778 or email at pcaradonna@volusia.org.

Home Buyer Education Frequently Asked Questions

What is down payment assistance? Down Payment Assistance (DPA) programs provide funds to assist qualified buyers with down payment and closing costs to purchase a home. The funds are provided in the form of a no-cost or low-cost second mortgage. One requirement to qualify is completion of a HUD-approved home buyer education course. UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency that provides home buyer education. Visit www.volusia.org/homebuyer to view the class schedule and to register.

There are several DPA programs available to county residents. The Home Buyer Education class provides information on programs available in Volusia County, City of Deltona, and the Florida State Bond program. Information on DPA programs for all counties and cities in Florida is available upon request.

Does my spouse need to attend the class? The County of Volusia requires that only one spouse complete the class. City of Deltona requires both spouses to complete the class.

Do I need to attend the Home Buyer Education class in the county where I will purchase a home? No. The certificate of completion is nationally recognized and can be used in any state, county, or city in the United States.

Can I use the certificate from another agency or county to apply for DPA in Volusia County? Volusia County and City of Deltona accept certificates from any HUD-approved Housing Counseling agency as long as it is dated within 24 months of completion of the home buyer education course.

When does the certificate expire? Certificates of completion of the Home Buyer Education course are in effect for up to 24 months for most DPA programs. The certificate expires 12 months after the date of completion for the Florida Housing Financial Corporation Bond program.

How do I know if I am eligible for down payment assistance? How much funding is available to me?

Click on the following links to learn more about eligibility requirements for down payment assistance programs in these areas:

County of Volusia: https://www.volusia.org/core/fileparse.php/6098/urlt/HBA.pdf

City of Deltona: https://www.deltonafl.gov/housing-community-development/pages/purchase-assistance

FHFC State Bond Program: https://apps.floridahousing.org/StandAlone/FTHBWizard

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county’s UF/IFAS Extension office. U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.

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