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The City of Bloomington's Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department's Home Buyers program offers participants a chance to explore the possibility of affordable home ownership. The Home Buyers Class is comprised of two sessions which are held on two consecutive Saturdays. The first Saturday session is from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and the second Saturday session is from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The goal of the class is to help first-time homebuyers understand and overcome the obstacles involved in purchasing their first home and what to expect after buying a home.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a housing counselor to discuss any potential obstacles to achieving their goal. Income eligible graduates may qualify for up to $5,000 in Down Payment Closing Cost Assistancefrom HAND.

Topics Covered:

  • Is home ownership the right option for you?
  • Developing a household budget and home buying action plan.
  • Developing a savings plan, credit issues and credit repair.
  • Working with a realtor and how to locate the right home for you.
  • The importance of home inspections and how to value a home.
  • Mortgages and how to find the right one for you.
  • Home maintenance and protecting your investment.
  • Accessing community and neighborhood resources.

Classes scheduled for 2018:

  • HBC I: Saturdays, January 20th and 27th
  • HBC II: Saturdays, February 17th and 24th
  • HBC III: Saturdays, April 7th and 14th
  • HBC IV: Saturdays, September 15th and 22nd 

Classes scheduled for 2019:

A 2019 class schedule will be posted in late fall of this year.


Registration to participate is required. Each class has its own enrollment period, which typically starts about a month before the specific class. When a class is open for enrollment there is a link located on this web page to click to complete on online registration form. Registration is then confirmed by email. 


All classes are held at City Hall in the Showers Building, 401 N. Morton Street, Bloomington.

The Home Buyers Class is generously sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Old National Bank and Farmers and Mechanics.

Please direct questions to Dan Niederman, Program Manager, 812-349-3512,