A weekly list of home and real-estate events.

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Week of Dec. 19-25

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Introduction to home-ownership class

Jan 4 Free class where participants will learn about special loan programs, what’s involved in applying for a mortgage, how lenders evaluate mortgage loan applications and more, free child care available, 6-7:30 p.m., Hopelink Eastside Literacy Training Room, 15015 Main St., Suite 206, Bellevue, free. Preregistration required: 425-943-7577 or www.hope-link.org/events/index.htm

Real-estate classes

Through Jan 5 North Seattle Community College is registering for the winter quarter with classes including appraisal, property management, loan officer, real-estate escrow, real-estate economics and principles of maintenance and repair, classes start Jan. 5, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way North, Seattle. 206-527-3600 or www.northseattle.edu


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.

Classes and seminars

Fire your landlord — Two-part seminar qualifies home buyers 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 purchasing 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 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.

Investment — Learn about the 1031 tax exchange and exchange property tax free, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Wilson Realty Exchange, 16910 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle, free. Preregister: 206-216-3537.

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

Home sellers — Learn how to market homes and get homes in good condition, Windermere Real Estate, 7 p.m. Thursdays, 200 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, free. Preregister: 425-450-2622.

Real estate for dummies seminars

Homebuyers seminars — Provides information on loans, down payment assistance and other financing, Thursdays 6:30-9:30 p.m., Lake City Professional Center, 2611 N.E. 125th St., Seattle, free. Preregister: 206-818-3100.

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.