Home Buyer Resources
Home Buyer Counseling ServicesPurchasing a home may be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, and navigating today’s housing market can seem overwhelming. Homeownership counseling and education are effective tools for achieving successful homeownership.
Informed homebuyers are successful homeowners. Prospective homebuyers can benefit from the in-person classes offered through the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency that adheres to the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling.
Alternatively, the internet-based FRAMEWORK home buyer education course developed by the Minnesota Homeownership Center offers a high quality, interactive way to learn how to be a smart, confident and successful homeowner. Framework provides the facts you need to become well-informed about every step in the process. The program meets the National Industry Standards and all the requirements of the HUD Housing Counseling program, so you are guaranteed quality content from an independent source.
Home Owner ResourcesMany home buyers assume the area in which they buy a home will always look the way it does the day they purchase their home. This is not necessarily the case. Nearby land that is vacant when a home is purchased will probably be developed into housing or commercial or industrial uses, depending on the zoning. In addition, public facilities such as water towers, parks, and other public buildings may be built throughout the city. Roads are often expanded from two to four lanes. These changes can be positive or negative depending on the perspective of the home buyer. A four-lane road can mean great access to one home buyer, while it can mean traffic noise to another.
Visit the Homeowner Resources page to get an understanding of some of the city's policies that could affect your home.