Free classes for first-time homebuyers begin tomorrow

Kaua‘i residents looking to purchase their first homes are invited to sign up for free homebuyer orientation classes in August, September and October.

The first class will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Lihu‘e Civic Center, Pi‘ikoi conference room. Subsequent classes will be held Aug. 8 and 29; Sept. 5 and 19; and Oct. 3 and 17 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Participants will be given an introduction to financial literacy, home ownership, assessment of homebuyer readiness and a description of the home-buying process.

“There are a number of affordable housing projects that are expected to be completed over the next few years, so I strongly encourage anyone who’s interested in buying a home to register for an orientation class,” county Housing Director Ken Rainforth said.

The classes are run by the nonprofit Hawai‘i Home Ownership Center and Hawaiian Community Assets, whose missions are to help residents become successful homeowners.

For more information, call the Hawai‘i Home Ownership Center’s Lihu‘e office at 245-5860, or (877) 523-9503, or Hawaiian Community Assets at 632-2070.

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