Home Stretch

Home Stretch from White Earth Investment Initiative is an eight-hour workshop led by a HUD-certified housing counselor in Becker, Mahnomen, and Otter Tail Counties of Minnesota. It is perfect for individuals and families who want to begin taking steps toward homeownership and for those who are already actively pursuing purchasing a home. Home Stretch is often required for first-time homebuyers, but all homebuyers can benefit from the course.


In this workshop, you will learn about:

  1. Budgeting
  2. Steps to Homeownership
  3. Importance of Good Credit
  4. How to Improve Credit
  5. Calculating How Much Home You Can Afford
  6. Down-payment Assistance Opportunities
  7. Loan Products
  8. Purchasing and Closing Documents

Home Stretch is fun and informal with:

Interactive discussions and exercises Get a wealth of information in an easy-to-understand manner.

Variety of perspectives
Learn from housing professionals working in your community, such as loan officers and real estate agents.

Handy manual Receive a comprehensive manual about the home-buying process and helpful post-purchase information on home maintenance and foreclosure prevention.

Free housing advice There will be opportunities for additional housing advice or homeownership counseling from a HUD-certified housing advisor after the workshop is over.

This group class is a great way to learn the broad and common aspects of the homeownership process, but a
one-on-one counseling session may be more beneficial to help you work on your individual budget and/or credit.


Registration & Schedule


You may register for a homebuyer education course by phone at 218-844-7029 or online. In special circumstances, we may be able to accommodate clients to complete education in a one-on-one session. If you need more information regarding the program, please email Sue Trnka or call 218-844-7029.


Classroom education in other geographic areas is provided by members of the Minnesota Homeownership Center, a statewide nonprofit homebuyer education and housing advising network. For more information, contact 1-866-464-6466 or go to www.hocmn.org.