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SUN: JAN. 8, FEB. 5 Free homebuyer seminar, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Seminar covers the steps of buying a home and getting financing, along with the process of getting a loan, credit, market conditions, title, escrow, home inspection as well as homebuyer-assistance programs. Bring your specific questions. 155 N.E. 100th, Seattle. Call 206-769-9776 to make a reservation. Or go to www.davecoons.org
MON: JAN. 9 First-time homebuyer class. Free. Learn about buying in today's market, financing, answers to the most commonly asked questions, and how to get started. Class starts at 6 p.m. at the Windermere Real Estate office in Bellevue, 1200 112th Ave. N.E., Suite B-100, Bellevue. Registration required by calling 425-450-2621.
THUR: JAN. 12, JAN. 19, JAN. 26, FEB. 2, FEB. 9, FEB. 16, FEB. 23, MARCH 1 Free homebuyer seminar, 1-3 p.m. Learn to bid online and buy Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homes. Join us at Metropolitan Realty Group to learn the process of searching, online bidding and buying HUD homes from our in-house HUD Training Specialist, April Brown. RSVP required call: 888-940-9777. Website: www.metrorgi.com. 12900 N.E. 180th St., No. 120 (In the Falcon View Building), Bothell.
SAT: JAN. 14 Homebuyer workshop. Learn the 19 steps to buy a home taught by a professional residential real-estate specialist. Attendees receive a three-ring binder with sample listings of bank-owned houses, town homes and condos, and other homebuyer information. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Continental Building, 11555 S.E. Eighth St., Bellevue. Free, but preregistration required. Call 800-882-8931, ext. 211 or go to www.HomeBuyerRegistration.com.
El Centro de la Raza — Program offering free bilingual counseling and education services on the first two Saturdays of each month in Spanish and English, helping people improve their financial and housing situations; registration required. Free. 206-957-4610 or www.elcentrodelaraza.org/programs/homeownership.htm
HomeSight — Nonprofit group offers affordable home loans, financial counseling and two homebuyer-education classes demystifying the purchase process. $40 (206-723-4355 or www.homesightwa.org)
Homestead Community Land Trust — Nonprofit group offers down-payment assistance to eligible first-time buyers. 206-323-1227 orwww.homesteadclt.org
International District Housing Alliance — Nonprofit agency providing multilingual housing-related services. 206-623-5132
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle — Registered homebuyer-education class about programs available with down-payment assistance and reduced interest rates for buyers. Classes are every Saturday. 206-940-6461 or www.urbanleague.org
Washington Affordable Housing — Weekly homebuying workshop teaches how to save thousands of dollars and avoid the pitfalls of the real-estate-lending process. Saturday and Sunday classes in Seattle and the Eastside. 800-792-6005 or www.zerodownhomebuying.com)
Washington Community Housing Network — Free homebuyer seminar provides workbook, credit report, information about 10 buyer mistakes to avoid and counseling; Saturday classes in Seattle and the Eastside. 425-450-1614 or www.theprovenmethod.org)
Washington Homeownership Center — Nonprofit-referral service providing sources for first-time homebuyers with low to moderate incomes. 866-600-6466 or www.homeownership-wa.org)
Washington Housing Education — Select from a variety of seminars and workshops. Video is taken from a live class and placed online for people to view for free. Learn about the buying process, mistakes to avoid, zero-down-payment loans and more. 800-486-5250 or www.washingtonhousingeducation.com
Real Estate submissions must be received at least three weeks before publication. Email email@example.com, fax 206-464-8879, or mail to Real Estate Calendar, The Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111.
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