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Buying a Home with Confidence

We prepare new homeowners for life after closing.

A Home is More than a monthly payment

There are a ton of reasons to want to buy a home. For many, homeownership is a form of investment, allowing you to build equity in the roof over your head. But there's a big difference between renting an apartment and buying a home, and successful homeownership is about much more than just managing a monthly mortgage payment.

Prepared for anything

MMI offers a variety of homebuyer counseling options. Many of these counseling offerings are geared toward consumers closing on specific loan types who are required to complete counseling as part of the closing process. However, we also offer homebuyer counseling to anyone looking to purchase a home and interested in understanding more about the home buying process.

We also offer online homebuyer courses, which are a great way to prepare yourself for homeownership at your own pace. These courses can be used to fulfill education requirements for many specialized homebuyer programs (check with your lender to verify program eligibility).

Homebuyer Counseling (Telephone)
Available: Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm (CT)

Online Homebuyer Education Courses
Available: 24/7
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Homebuyer Workshops
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Homebuyer Counseling

How It Works

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In order to help prepare you for homeownership, your counseling session will begin with a review of your finances. The goal is to figure out whether or not you can afford to own your own home, and then create a personalized strategy for either saving for a down payment or managing the ongoing expenses associated with owning a home.

Your counseling session may also include a discussion of available loan programs and their requirements. Your counselor will provide advice and direction for building a strong credit history and discovering which homes fit most comfortably in your budget. 

At the end of your session you'll receive a copy of your budget, as well as an action plan created by your counselor and your certificate of completion (if applicable).

Frequently Asked Questions

We're here to help! Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. If your question isn't covered below, click "CONTACT US" at the top of the page to submit your question.
Is there a fee for homebuyer counseling?

Is there a fee for homebuyer counseling?

There are a variety of homebuyer counseling options available. The maximum fee for homebuyer housing counseling is $159. Certain loan companies may cover this cost. Check with your loan company before beginning your counseling session.  

Do you offer loans?

Do you offer loans?

No. MMI is not a lender. Completing a counseling session does not qualify you for a loan, though it may fulfill certain requirements of a loan program. 
Do you offer down payment assistance?

Do you offer down payment assistance?

MMI as an organization does not offer down payment assistance. However, location-specific financial assistance programs may be available. Consult with your counselor to see if programs are available in your area.
Do you provide counseling in Spanish?

Do you provide counseling in Spanish?

Counseling services are available in English and Spanish. Interpreter services for many other languages are also available upon request.
Will this be reported to the IRS?

Will this be reported to the IRS?

We do not report any information to the IRS. Your counseling session is confidential and your participation will not be disclosed to any third party without your permission.
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Unbiased, nonprofit expertise you can trust

As a national nonprofit, we're motivated by the number of families and individuals we can help make positive change in their lives. We want to help you make the best choices for you and your family.
  1. Unbiased

    As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we take pride in providing unbiased advice and expert instruction. We're working for you - not your lender.
  2. Certified

    Our foreclosure counselors all pass strict certification testing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  3. Professional

    We love what we do, but we take our work and your trust seriously. We pride ourselves on our expertise and professionalism.
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  • Financial Counseling Association of America Financial Counseling Association of America
    MMI is a proud member of the Financial Counseling Association of America (FCAA), a national association representing financial counseling companies that provide consumer credit counseling, housing counseling, student loan counseling, bankruptcy counseling, debt management, and various financial education services.
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  • Department of Housing and Urban Development - Equal Housing Opportunity Department of Housing and Urban Development
    MMI is certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide consumer housing counseling. The mission of HUD is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD provides support services directly and through approved, local agencies like MMI.
  • Council on Accreditation Council On Accreditation
    MMI is proudly accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. COA’s thorough, peer-reviewed accreditation process is designed to ensure that organizations like MMI are providing the highest standard of service and support for clients and employees alike.
  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling National Foundation for Credit Counseling
    MMI is a longstanding member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), the nation’s largest nonprofit financial counseling organization. Founded in 1951, the NFCC’s mission is to promote financially responsible behavior and help member organizations like MMI deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.