As a HUD-approved counseling agency, NHSSF offers prospective first-time homebuyers a variety of educational classes and workshops. We combine a proven educational system with personalized one-on-one counseling to bring the dream of homeownership closer to reality. Our services are offered in English and Spanish.
View our class schedule.
Please note some classes have prerequisites.
You must attend this session FIRST before attending our Homebuyer Education Workshop. Only clients with a prequalification letter from a financial institution or a signed residential sales purchase contract will be exempt and may proceed to our Homebuyer Education Workshop.
Reservations Required. Call 305-751-5511 ext 1100 to reserve your seat.
The Homebuyer Orientation Seminar covers basic introductory steps in the home buying process:
- Assessing mortgage readiness
- Understanding money management
- Understanding credit
Customers fill our information worksheet and take home a counseling intake package that they can complete and bring back with the required documents. An appointment is necessary when bringing back the documents. For your convenience you can download the counseling intake package here.
In Person FREE group session: You must FIRST complete our Homebuyer Orientation Seminar and our Intake Package, and meet with one of our Intake staff to find out if you qualify to take this class, which helps prepare you to purchase a home. The class covers all of the key topics when qualifying for a loan to purchase a property, such as:
- budget and credit
- mortgage application process
- fair housing
- working with a realtor
- appraisal and inspection
- homeowner’s insurance
- title services
- what to expect the day of closing
Completion of the class is mandatory to obtain a HUD approved certificate. This certificate is required for qualification of down payment and closing cost assistance programs. Upon completion of the class you will have the option to purchase this certificate for a $75 fee.
Online $99 individual session: There is an online option which can be completed through eHome America.
Upon your completion of the online course please print your eHome America certificate. You must bring the eHome America certificate to our office to obtain your HUD approved certificate. This certificate is provided when you meet with one of our counselors for a 1-hour follow up after you have completed the online class.
A HUD approved certificate is required for qualification of down payment and closing cost assistance programs.
Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida does business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law and Equal Credit Opportunity Act.