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Pre-Purchase / Home Buyer

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Pre-Purchase / Home Buyer Education

LCHA's HUD-Certified Housing Counselors provide FREE Pre-Purchase and Home Buyer Education to ALL regardless of income, residency or demographic. Participants can qualify for nearly all Federal, State and Private down payment assistance through this HUD-Approved counseling.  

Register for Workshops or Request One-on-One Counseling

  • Workshop Participants will be provided information on the process of purchasing a home, down payment qualifications, types of mortgage programs available, the impact of credit, affordability, escrow, taxes, interest rates, budgeting for purchase, time frame, professionals needed, closing documents and much more.  These 4-hour workshops are hosted by the Lake County Housing Authority and frequently co-hosted by industry professionals.  LCHA partners with local lenders, banks, real estate agents, inspectors and other experts in order to provide buyers the broadest range of expertise. 


  • One-on-One Counseling focuses on the specific needs of the individual buyer:  credit qualification, saving for down payment or receiving down payment assistance, establishing debt-to-income ratio, determining your future monthly payment, planning for escrow, building a reliable team, and more depending on your needs.  Counseling sessions typically last 2 hours, depending on the needs of the households.  


Prefer an Online Course? Complete your Pre-Purchase Homebuyers Certification through our E-Learning portal:

Please contact the Housing Counselor prior to registration for coupon codes to make this course free.

To begin the process of individualized counseling, please fill out the counseling intake form with expense sheet and submit it to LCHA's HUD Certified Housing Counselor

To speak to a HUD-Certified housing counselor directly, contact:

Lake County Housing Authority

33928 North US Highway 45 Grayslake, IL 60030

847-223-1170 x 2060