Homebuyer Education and Counseling
On Sept. 18, 2018, NeighborWorks America released highlights from its sixth annual national housing survey, America at Home. Aspirations of homeownership remain strong, with 92 percent of adults saying homeownership is an important part of the American dream. However, a steady and significant percentage of consumers with student loans worry their debt will affect their ability to achieve homeownership. In addition, there is widespread belief that the mortgage process is complicated, and relatively few consumers know where to find knowledgeable advice about how to qualify for a mortgage and buy a home. These factors are just a few of the forces keeping the housing market from having a more robust, broad based recovery.
The Wyoming Housing Network Homebuyer Education and Counseling program provides comprehensive education and personalized housing counseling to help people address barriers to homeownership, navigate the home purchase process, and get ready to be successful homeowners.
Framework Homeownership – Online Homebuyer Education
In June of 2018, WHN began a partnership with Framework Homeownership to bring cutting-edge online homebuyer education to Wyoming. Framework has designed their homebuyer education course using the latest research and best practices in adult learning. Wyoming Housing Network is excited about this partnership because the Framework course is:
- Interactive and engaging – with exercises, clickable components, and multiple check-ins, to increase learning and interest
- Memorable – with videos and real-world stories that connect to the clients’ homebuying journey
- Optimized for mobile – to provide access to the course on smart phones and tables so that clients can take the course where and when it is convenient for them
- Full of resources – including a free post-purchase course so that new homeowners have all of the information they need to be successful
Book and a Bite Events – Summer 2018
Wyoming Housing Network collaborated with Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies to provide community Book and a Bite events for the residents of Capital Court Apartments in Cheyenne, and Cedar Mountain and Ironwood Apartments in Cody this August.
The Book and a Bite Events featured a mobile food pantry provided by Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. Families could take whatever food they would like for their pantries, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. The apartment property managers provided a BBQ meal for the event, too! Each child who attended was able to choose a new age-appropriate book to take home. And, because school was just around the corner, school supplies were also available for the kids.
Thank you to everyone who made these fun and helpful events possible for the families who call WHN properties home!