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So this week’s column, which I will post tomorrow, is about the extended first-time homebuyer credit, which is no longer actually just for first-time homebuyers. The newest version of the credit is available to some current homeowners as well. Anyway, there’s plenty more to know, and in the District, there are also other programs that will ease your down payment burden if you’re a first-time buyer.

If the process sounds bewildering, Housing Counseling Services in Adams Morgan is holding workshops for first-time homebuyers several times in the coming month:

November 12—11:00 AM

November 19—11:00 AM

December 2—6:00 P.M.

December 3—11:00 AM

December 10—11:00 AM

December 17 –11:00 AM

A bit more information from the group:

Housing Counseling Services, Inc. (HCS) a HUD approved non-profit, now offers FREE weekly Pre-Purchase Orientations for first-time homebuyers. HCS housing specialists provide a detailed walkthrough of the purchase process and explain how to make your transition from renter to homeowner easier.  The orientation will also discuss the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) and the Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP), DC government programs that provide 0% loans for down payment and closing costs.

For more information contact Elsa Zambrano: @ (202) 667-7604; The Housing Counseling Service office is located at 2410 17th Street NW Suite #100; Adams Alley Entrance