Homeownership Services

Individuals and families receive the tools needed to gain financial control of their future.

Homeownership Services provide the education and tools necessary for potential home buyers to make informed, sound decisions related to understanding the entire home buying process. The program is comprised of a combination of workshops and working with a coach one-on-one to ensure potential home buyers reach their goal of sustainable homeownership. Workshops are designed for those seriously considering homeownership so they can successfully navigate the process and qualify for a certificate required by certain loans, grants and/or down payment assistance.

Personal coaching sessions are also available to potential home buyers who currently have a mortgage loan and sales contract. A homebuyer certificate will be made available following completion of personal coaching sessions.

If you are thinking about owning a home in the near future please call us to help you evaluate the following:

  • How much house you can afford to buy
  • How to tell which mortgage is the right one for you
  • How much down payment to save
  • How to obtain and review a credit report and credit scores
  • The cost of taxes, insurance and maintenance

Homeownership Tips For The Spring Months Ahead

  • Vacuum the lint from the hose of your clothes dryer on a regular basis.
  • Clean windows and repair any ripped screens. If a screen has a large hole in it, it’s time to replace it.
  • Check gutters for clogs. Clean out any debris and make sure gutters and downspouts are secure.
  • Inspect driveways and paths for damage. Repair as necessary.
  • Check the ground around the foundation of your house and re-grade it if necessary. (The ground around the foundation should slope away from the house.).
  • If you have a sump pump, test it to make sure it’s working properly. There are several ways to do this, including taking off the lid and pouring in water to see if the pump kicks on.
  • If you have an attic fan, make sure it’s working properly before the heat of summer arrives.
  • Test any GFCI outlets: plug in a lamp, hit the test button and then the reset button to see if it turns the light off and then on again. GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. These types of outlets are designed to protect you from severe or fatal electric shocks.
  • Check trees around the house to make sure they’re not threatening wires or power lines. If they are, call a tree service to safely trim back branches.
  • Check the roof. If you find holes, crumbling, blistering or rotting roofing, repair or replace it. (Again, this may be a job for an expert.).
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and replace batteries or devices if necessary.
  • Keep an eye out for termites. Termites swarm in the spring, so if you see winged insects flying out of your woodwork, call a pest control expert.
  • Clean decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members or deterioration. Open decks and wood fences need to be treated every 4-6 years.
  • Make sure outside faucets are in good working order.
  • Check garden tools and lawn maintenance equipment before use in the new season.
  • Schedule air-conditioning service. To get the longest life out of your cooling system, change your furnace filters regularly and hire a professional to schedule an annual cooling inspection before summer starts.

Why We Do It

An estimated five million homes have been lost to foreclosure since 2006, and another three million homes are estimated to be lost in the next three years. While the reasons can be numerous, a recent study by Neil and Temkin prepared for NeighborWorks America has shown that pre-purchase counseling and education works. The study’s findings show that clients receiving pre-purchase counseling and education from NeighborWorks organizations are one-third less likely to become 90+ days delinquent over the two years after receiving their loan than are borrowers who do not receiving pre-purchase counseling from counseling organizations. It applies equally to first-time homebuyers and repeat buyers. Counseling can have at least two types of effects on loan performance. The first is helping homebuyers with overall budgeting, credit card borrowing, and setting aside reserves for emergencies. A second impact is to help home buyers select an affordable and appropriate mortgage product with a desirable interest rate on the loan with manageable debt to income ratios.

Additional Information

  • If you are interested in meeting with a financial coach to discuss your homeownership goals you will need to bring in the following: monthly bills, last four pay stubs, and a credit report (if you have one)
  • If you need a homebuyer education certification for a grant or loan product, Call us at (859) 491-8303 ext. 2314 for your one-on-one appointment

Choose which one works best for your schedule:

Home Buyers Club:

  • Convenient evening sessions 
  • Sessions led by industry experts 
  • Interactive group settings 
  • Complimentary workbook "Realizing the American Dream" ($25 value) 
  • Certificate upon completion (needed for some grants and loans) 
  • Learn the home buying process from A to Z 
  • Build a network of support 
  • Three sessions with a coach ($180 value) 
  • Open to Kentucky and Cincinnati residents 

Homeownership Workshop 

  • Fast-paced, one 6 hour Saturday session 
  • Sessions led by industry experts 
  • Interactive group setting 
  • Certificate of completion (needed for some grants and loans)
  • Learn the home buying process from A to Z 
  • A personal session with a coach is available 
  • workshop value $40
  • Available for Kentucky residents only 

Online Home Buyer Education: https://app.ehomeamerica.org/brightoncenter

  • Certified web-based program for first time home buyers
  • Easily accessible on all devices 24/7
  • Fun and engaging course
  • Work at your own pace
  • Personalized sessions with certified homeownership counselor is required 
  • Certificate issued upon completion
  • One time fee of $99 (subject to change) 


If you are thinking of buying a home, please contact Pam Willis at 859-491-8303 ext. 2323 or by email pwillis@brightoncenter.com.