Homebuyer Education and Counseling

Owning a home is a major financial responsibility. The Montana Board of Housing (MBOH) recommends that any potential homebuyer take Homebuyer Education before beginning the process of qualifying for a loan or searching for a home.  Educated homeowners stay in their homes longer, take pride in their properties, and have one-third less foreclosures. MBOH programs require homebuyer education unless they qualify for a waiver.

The MBOH is a partner in the Montana Homeownership Network which is a group of non-profit, governmental and private sector agencies that specialize in first-time homebuyer services and loan products.

Montana Homeownership Network members offer pre-purchase education and planning, so you can make the right choice in a home and a loan. All classes meet HUD requirements and are taught by National Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling Certified educators. Courses are at least 8 hours in length and are offered over the course of a full day or two-to-three evenings depending on the organization.


Topics covered in these classes include:

  • Assessing Readiness to Buy a Home

  • Budgeting and Credit

  • Financing a Home

  • Selecting a Home

  • Maintaining a Home and Finances

The network can help you find the right house and the right lender.  Assistance is available to help you purchase your home with 30 year fixed rate mortgages, down payment assistance and matched savings accounts. Your mortgage will be made in Montana and stay in Montana so you can easily stay in contact with your lender.


Click the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center logo below to find a class near you.

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