HomeBUYER Education


Home Ownership Orientation

Your first step on the path to home ownership is to attend Homsite's free, 60-minute Home Ownership Orientation!  Our Home Ownership Orientation covers:

  • Steps to Becoming a Homeowner
  • Programs and services offered by Homsite
  • Homebuyer Education Course Overview

Classes are offered by the HomeOwnership Center at Home HeadQuarters, a certified housing counseling agency and affiliate of Homsite. Classes are available in our offices in Auburn and in Syracuse.

Pre-registration is required.  

Click the Class Schedule button below for our current schedule.

To register, please visit HOCHHQ. For more information, call Homsite at 315-253-8451

Homebuyer Education Course - 8-hour

Our 8-hour Homebuyer Education course teaches the key aspects of purchasing a home including:

  • Understanding Credit & Developing a Monthly Budgeting
  • Mortgage Options & How to Avoid Predatory Lending
  • Realtor Relationships & How to Make an Offer
  • Purchase Contracts
  • Homeowner’s Insurance
  • What to Expect at Closing
  • Responsibilities of Homeownership

Our trained counselors incorporate popular current issues, such as sub-prime and predatory lending, foreclosure, how to obtain free credit reports, energy saving tips, and other relevant topics into the classroom discussions.

You will also be required to meet one-on-one with a housing counselor who will help you review your credit report, create a spending plan, repair your credit, decrease debt, and establish savings to become mortgage ready. 

Classes are offered by the HomeOwnership Center at Home HeadQuarters, a certified housing counseling agency and affiliate of Homsite. Class are available in our offices in Auburn and in Syracuse.

Pre-registration is required.

 Click the Class Schedule button below for our current schedule.

To register, please visit HOCHHQ. For more information, call Homsite at 315-253-8451


Downpayment Closing Cost Assistance

One of the biggest challenges to buying a home is saving enough money for the down payment and closing costs. Homsite's Downpayment and Closing Cost Assistance program is designed to help potential homebuyers overcome this hurdle.

We offer grants of up to $3,000 to help cover downpayment and closing costs to qualified first-time buyers purchasing a home in the City of Auburn.

To be eligible to apply for this assistance, you must first complete the Homebuyer Orientation and Homebuyer Education Course outlined above.