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First Time Home Buyer Class

The Housing Council believes that home buyers, facing the largest single investment they will likely ever make, should have access to as much information and technical assistance as possible. 


The Housing Council provides training to educate prospective home buyers on key elements of the home purchase process, including: household economics and budgeting, the wise use of credit, working with real estate agents, evaluating mortgage products, home inspections, and household maintenance and upkeep.

The education class is open to ALL homebuyers;

NOTE:  Any participant wishing to apply for the North Country Housing Council First Time Homebuyer Grant to assist with down payment and closing costs MUST attend the class offered at our office. Online education will NOT be accepted for the grant participants.

You may register for the class date of your choice. The cost is $80. per participant, grant eligibility requires ALL persons applying for a mortgage must attend. Pre-payment must be received prior to class date to ensure seating confirmation.

Please return the Yellow registration form you will find in the registration packet, with either a check or money order made out to NCHC (cash is NOT accepted) and mail to: 

North Country Housing Council

19 Main Street

Canton, NY  13617


 ****This is a non-refundable fee****

If you have additional questions regarding registration, please call our office at 315-386-8576


2023 Homebuyer Class/Funding Update


We are continuing to offer the HBE Class as a ZOOM meeting for the next few months. Social distancing and mask mandates will not allow the class to be held in our classroom. There is a $80 class fee PER person, which must be received PRIOR to class date in order to access the ZOOM link.


You will need to have access to a computer or phone that you can connect with virtually.  The classes will be approximately 2-3 hours long virtually. Starting at 9am. Each participant will be sent a link to access the virtual class prior to class date. You will first have to download the ZOOM app.  


Please be very clear on your application as to what your email address is. This is extremely important to be able to forward the ZOOM instructions and information regarding the FTHB class.  


Current homebuyer grant funding has been exhausted. We anticipate more funding, please follow our Facebook page and/or our website,, for funding updates.


You will have to contact our office, prior to class date, to pick up your class materials which are required for the course. 


Any questions, please contact our office directly.


Thank you,

Shelley Mclellan, Administrative Assistant.


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