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For Jan. 9-15


Earthquake home retrofit

Wed A Seattle Project Impact and FEMA consultant will talk about how to evaluate your home for needed structural improvements and how to use the correct tools, materials and methods to accomplish an earthquake retrofit, 7-9 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, $15-20. 206-783-2244.

Bellevue Home Show

Fri through Sun The 23rd annual Bellevue Home Show, sponsored by Washington Energy Services, will feature more than 200 exhibiting companies, Northwest Interiors and the Walk of Art sale, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, $5-8. 425-637-1020.

You can measure, cut and install molding and trim

Sat Information and tips on how to measure, cut, install molding and trim, 2 p.m., selected Home Depot locations, free. 800-430-3376 or www.homedepot.com

Real-estate classes and seminars

First-time home-buyers seminar

Tue A comprehensive seminar covering all aspects of the buying and selling process, including investor information and pre-approval for bank loans,6:30-8 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 1026 N.E. 64th St., Seattle. Free. Preregister: 206-985-1500.

First-time home-buyers seminar

Sat A free home-buyer seminar provides information on financial counseling, down payments and closing costs, presented by Home Realty Green Lake and First Horizon Home Loans, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Capitol Hill Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle. Free. Preregister: 206-605-4167.

First-time home-buyers class

Sat The process of home buying and loan qualification made simple, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, Seattle. Free. Preregister: 425-576-3767.

First-time home-buyers seminar

Sat Class includes information on housing options, the home-buying process, financing strategies and buying with minimum down payment, presented by Phoenix Savings and Lake Real Estate, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline. Free. Preregister: 425-670-9606.

First-time home-buyers course

Sat A first-time home-buyers seminar that will address finance issues, what to look for in an agent, the home-buying process and other information, presented by Windermere Real Estate, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., University Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle. Free. Register: 206-982-5370.


Nonprofit assistance

ACORN Housing Corp. — Nonprofit home-buyer education and loan counseling. Free home-buyer counseling services, $20 for credit reports. 206-243-4663.

Community Home Ownership Center — Nonprofit information and referral service for low- and moderate-income first-time home buyers; refers clients to classes sponsored by Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Free. 800-317-2918.

HomeSight — Nonprofit group offers credit counseling. $20 includes credit report. Financial series includes information on predatory lending and mortgages, $40. 888-749-HOME or 206-723-4355.

International District Housing Alliance — Nonprofit homeownership education and counseling services in Vietnamese, Cambodian, Tagalog and various Chinese dialects. Free. 206-623-0122.

Washington Affordable Housing — Weekly home-buying seminars endorsed by Washington Education Association and taught by Washington State Housing Finance commission-trained instructors. Free. Presented by RE/MAX Eastside Brokers and RE/MAX Metro. 800-792-6005.

Washington Community Housing Network — Seminars for singles, teachers, veterans and Seattle home buyers. Free. Presented by RE/MAX , CTX Mortgage Co., Wells Fargo and First Horizon. 877-459-3394.

Real-estate classes and seminars

Fire your landlord — Two-part seminar qualifies homebuyers for below-market interest rates. Classes cover zero-down purchases, relocation, equity management and reasonable interest rates and terms, First Horizon Financial Services Center, 6:45- 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, 111 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Free. Preregister: 425-354-1834.

Home-buyers seminar — Two-part seminar qualifies home buyers for below-market interest rates, classes include information on buying with no down payment, no closing costs and reasonable interest rates and terms. Presented by instructors from Windermere Real Estate, 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Windermere Real Estate, 200 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Free. Preregister: 425-450-2621.

Home buyers — Learn the best strategies from experienced speakers, presented by RE/Max and Aatrix Mortgage, 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays of every month, 6161 N.E. 175th, Suite 204, Kenmore. Free. Preregister: 425-482-9115.

Investments — Explore real-estate investing, learn financial analysis, taxation, benefits, planning essentials and how to assemble a team of professionals. Presented by Georgia Phillip Group, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. Free. Preregister: 206-706-6563.

Home buyers — Learn strategies, credit issues and zero-down programs; presented by HomeStone Mortgage, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Bellevue Hilton Hotel, 100 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Free. Preregister: 206-795-3505.

Home/Real Estate submissions must be received at least three weeks before publication and all home-buyers classes must be taught by instructors trained by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

E-mail homecalendar@seattletimes.com, fax 206-464-2239 or mail to Christopher Taylor, Home/Real Estate Calendar, Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA, 98111.