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Holiday tea and tour

TUE Elegant tea and tour of two historic First Hill homes, Dearborn House and Stimson-Green Mansion, 1-3 p.m., Dearborn House, 1117 Minor Ave., Seattle, $20-$25. Pre-registration required: 206-622-6952 or www.historicseattle.org

Free windows workshop

WED Washington Energy Services is offering homeowners a free 40-minute workshop about how to determine which energy-efficient windows are appropriate for your home, 7 p.m., Washington Energy Services Building, 3909 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood, free. Preregister: 800-398-HOME or www.washingtonenergy.com

Holiday lighting

SAT Information and tips to enhance the home with holiday lighting, 2 p.m., selected Home Depot locations, free. 800-430-3376 or www.homedepot.com

Real-estate classes and seminars

First-time home-buyers course

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

First-time home-buyers course

THU Seminar will discuss aspects of the buying and selling process, including preapproval for bank loans, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 888 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, free. Preregister: 425-462-1400.

Why Rent When You Can Own?

SAT The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle will sponsor a free workshop, “Why Rent When You Can Own,” which will lead participants through the process of assessing their ability to secure financing, the settlement process, traditional and non-traditional financing and qualifying for a loan; lunch is provided, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Urban League, 105 14th Ave., Seattle, free. Registration required: 206-461-3792 Ext. 3004.


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 home-ownership 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.

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.