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We are now offering instructor-led, livestreaming online classes or you can take the self-paced eHome class with a consult from one of our counselors for your certificate – still good for 2 years. (In-person classes are on hold for now.)

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Livestream Instructor-led Homebuyer Ed Class

eHome Self-Paced Online Class

Not sure what to do when buying a home? What is all that financial jargon your banker is throwing at you? Penquis is a certified HomeBuyer Education provider for HUD and Maine State Housing Authority. Your certificate of completion allows you to access special loan programs through MSHA, FHA, and VA and is good for two years.

We offer two ways for you to take a home buyer education class:  livestream, instructor-led  classes and online self-paced classes through eHome or Framework.  (In-person classes are on hold.)

Please note that Penquis does not provide refunds for homebuyer education classes. If you notify us within 48 hours of your selected class that you are unable to attend, we are happy to work with you to apply your registration to a future class. For any questions, please contact Heather Massow at (207) 974-2403.

  • Livestream, Instructor Led-Homebuyer Education Classes

    In these unique times, we are adapting our process to ensure the safety of our staff and community, so we are offering a Livestream of our HomeBuyer Education class, the same class structure that would typically take place in person. Please check for the next live stream class date and register using the link above or below. The live stream classes are $30 per person. Your registration will NOT be complete until the payment is received. Register here for the next livestream, instructor-led homebuyer education class.

  • Online self-paced class - EHome / Framework

    • We offer an online homebuyer education class through eHome America that allow clients to access MaineHousing programs. The online class costs $99 and requires a phone consultation with one of our housing counselors before receiving your certificate. Click here for more details.
    • We additionally offer the online Framework homebuyer education classes that helps clients access Fannie Mae (FNMA) programs such as the HomeReady loan product. This class costs $75 and also requires a phone consultation with one of our housing counselors before receiving your certificate. Click here for more details.
    • We are also a Bank of America “Connect To Own” Partner. If you are a potential Bank of America loan client, our Homebuyer Education classes on eHome or Framework are also accepted by them.
  • You may also be eligible for a savings account called a Family Development Account (FDA) to help you save for your home purchase. You may be interested and eligible for other housing related services Penquis provides: