Buying a Home? Be Informed!

Buying a home is a major decision. In fact, it involves several major decisions. But most of us do it very few times in our lives — perhaps only once. That means that, unlike other consumer decisions (buying groceries, choosing a cell phone plan), we don’t have much opportunity to practice, or to learn from experience.

Without much chance to learn from experience, then we need to look for other ways to learn everything that will help us make well-informed home-buying decisions. Completing “A Home of Your Own,” a self-paced learning option from ISU Extension and Outreach, can help build the knowledge and skill needed to make those big decisions with confidence.

Topics include selecting a home that fits your needs, choosing a lender and understanding loan terms, navigating through the closing process, and more. The final section of the course focuses on being a home owner — including how to maintain your home’s value. After finishing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion which you can show to your prospective lender to meet any home ownership education requirements they may have.

The course costs $45 (per person or per couple), and is available 24/7 so you can use it at your convenience. Learn more!

Barb Wollan

Barb Wollan's goal as a Family Finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is to help people use their money according to THEIR priorities. She provides information and tools, and then encourages folks to focus on what they control: their own decisions about what to do with the money they have.

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