Do you want to be a homeowner, but aren’t sure where to start? We’ll help you figure it out. Come join us and your peers for this five-class series to learn the ins and outs of buying, budgeting for, and maintaining a home. This program is open to the public, and anyone is welcome to enroll in the series. 


Everyone starts somewhere  

For many people, achieving first-time homeownership requires building credit, managing debt, and establishing and building long-term savings. While enrolled in Homebuyer University, you will learn about all of these topics and more from experts in the financial and real-estate fields. You'll have the opportunity to talk with these experts and your peers on their own homeownership journeys in a low-stress, informal class setting.


Class by class, Habitat Chicago will take you through the process of creating a personal action plan with goals and next steps that are right for you. You will walk away with the tools and confidence to become a homeowner on the timeline that works for you.  



Comprehensive training: Students will attend a series of five classes over five weeks, covering topics that include:  

  • Financial Planning  

  • Building Credit 

  • Assessing Homes and Neighborhoods

  • Preparing and Qualifying for Homeownership 

  • Laws that Govern the Loan Application Process

  • Legal and Financial Responsibilities of Homeownership 


Financing options: You will be introduced to a range of financing options and their implications in the home buying process, including down payment and closing assistance. 


Effort: Homebuyer University courses cover several topics, but the information is all connected. Each class builds on the material presented in previous classes, and you will interact with the curriculum both inside and outside of the classroom. By preparing for each class and working through your personalized action plans, you can get the most out of the program. 


Class attendance 

The content covered in each class directly relates to the content covered in the previous classes and so it is important for students to attend every class in the series. We want you to graduate from the program with a full picture of where you stand, what you will need to do to apply for a home loan, and the action steps and resources you will need to become a homeowner.  



There is a fee of $25 for enrollment in the program, which will help to cover course materials for each of the five classes. This fee is non-refundable and can be paid at the time of registration. 


Is this right for you? 

Habitat Chicago’s Homebuyer University courses are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to enroll in the series. This program could be right for you if you are: 

  • Interested in becoming a homebuyer in the near future, 

  • Unsure of the options and/or qualifications for buying a home, 

  • Or interested in exploring homeownership but have been denied a mortgage in the past. 



To see upcoming series dates, please visit our events listing page and look for Homebuyer University. From there, you will be taken to an Eventbrite page to enroll and pay for the course.   



Interest List

If you'd like to be notified of future course enrollment openings, sign up for our Homeownership Interest List to receive email updates. 

Interest List



You can contact our Homeownership programming team by calling (312) 563-0296 x336 or emailing 


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