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Affordable Home Tour

Homebuyer Forum On Wheels – Recap


Center staff member Ed Nelson sharing with buyers the importance of homebuyer education and counseling.

The Minnesota Homeownership is always looking for new and innovative ways to help homebuyers make smart choices and build vibrant communities in Minnesota. To that end, staff from the Center joined with Wells Fargo, Minnesota Housing and other non-profit and community-based housing organizations this past weekend on the Affordable Home Tour – affectionately referred to as the “homebuyer forum on wheels.”

Wells Fargo rented a large tour bus that took prospective buyers on a unique tour of Minneapolis and St. Paul highlighting affordably priced homes. A REALTOR met the tour at each of the homes to share information about the property AND each home also had a representative from a local non-profit who spoke to the buyers about downpayment and entry-cost assistance programs that they may be able to qualify for to purchase the property.


The Bus

Potential buyers climb on board the ‘Homebuyer Forum on Wheels’

Between stops, representatives from Wells Fargo, Minnesota Housing and the Minnesota Homeownership Center shared important information for first-time buyers. Of course, the Center was there to highlight the importance of homebuyer education and counseling through Home Stretch and Framework.

Some of the homes on the tour included:

1317 Sheridan Avenue North, Minneapolis

409 N Logan Avenue, Minneapolis

4149 S 10th Avenue, Minneapolis



One of the tour participants, after visiting some of the homes on the tour stated:

“I can’t wait to take a Home Stretch workshop and learn the right way to buy a home. I lost a home to foreclosure several years ago and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to buy again.”


Seeing people excited about homeownership – and being excited about learning how to make smart choices that lead to successful ownership – is what keeps us going here at the Minnesota Homeownership Center. We’re looking forward to other new and innovative ways to share the importance of homebuyer education with potential buyers. Do you have an idea? We’d love to hear from you.

Posted on: Monday, November 10th, 2014

Affordable Home ‘Bus Tour’

competitionA Home Tour Unlike Other Home Tours!

The Minnesota Homeownership Center is pleased to partner with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage to offer a very unique home tour opportunity. Perfect for first-time buyers that are just thinking about buying a home or are unsure of where to start… participants will be able to view a variety of affordable property types from new construction, condo, move-in ready and a fixer-upper.

While on the ‘tour’ you’ll learn about downpayment and entry cost assistance programs, homebuyer how-to information and how to access special resources for first-time buyers.

Ride along with us on the tour bus or explore the homes at your own pace. The tour kicks off at Elsie’s Restaurant in NE Minneapolis on Saturday, November 8th @ 9am.

Additional information is available at www.wellsfargo.com/rsvp. Use access code: MNHomeTour.

Here are the basics:

Date: Saturday, November 8th 2014

Time: 9am – 12:30pm

Start location: Elsie’s Restaurant, 729 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis

Any questions? Contact Nicole Knuckles at 612-272-5324

See you on the bus to homeownership!

Posted on: Friday, October 31st, 2014

Healthy Homes And Communities


Many times when people discuss the benefits of homeownership, those benefits are focused on purely financial benefits like savings and wealth creation.  While it’s true that an investment in homeownership has traditionally been one of the primary strategies for long-term wealth building, especially for low- to moderate-income Americans, there are other non-financial benefits to successful homeownership.  

One of the lesser-known benefits is the positive link between owning and improved health  and well-being.  When compared to renters of similar socio-economic levels, homeowners have better physical health levels, lower child injury rates and higher self-esteem and improved mental health and lower blood pressure.  (If you’re interested in digging deeper into the research behind these claims, you can start here and here).   

But what about the relationship between healthy homes and healthy families?  

An upcoming assembly of housing and health professionals, policymakers and community leaders seeks to delve deeper into the critical connections between health and the places we live, help break down health and housing silos, and improve cooperation among these disparate professions through improved network connections and cross-sector collaborations.

Known as the Healthy Homes and Communities Statewide Convening 2013, the upcoming event includes a keynote address by eco-entrepreneur and community revitalization strategist Majora Carter and workshop sessions that will highlight successful local healthy housing and communities initiatives and programs.  

Healthy Homes and Communities Statewide Convening 2013
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The Depot
225 South 3rd Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
For additional information about the Statewide Convening, contact Shawna Lynn Nelsen: shawna@fhfund.org.
If you, or someone you know, would like additional information on the benefits (and costs) of homeownership and how YOU can benefit by becoming a successful homeowner, contact a Homeownership Advisor today.

Posted on: Thursday, September 19th, 2013