Home Stretch

Home Stretch - Home Buyer Workshops

2015 workshop information (pdf)

Home Stretch workshops teach you what you need to know about buying a home.

Topics covered in Home Stretch workshops include:

The home stretch program can put you in a home of your own

  • Homeownership–Is it right for you?
  • Understanding the home buying process
  • Overcoming barriers to homeownership
  • Shopping for a home
  • Financing a home
  • Qualifying for a mortgage
  • The purchasing process
  • Closing on a home
  • Life as a successful homeowner

What are the eligibility requirements?
Anyone thinking about buying a home in Minnesota is eligible. There is no minimum or maximum income limit to receive services.

The Home Stretch program can put you in a home of your own.
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments one will ever make. Some mortgage lenders require borrowers to complete an approved home buyer education course in order to qualify for an affordable mortgage loan.

The Home Stretch Program meets the home buyer education requirements of Minnesota lenders, national secondary markets, major insurers and investors. Certified facilitators and housing professionals conduct the Home Stretch workshops using a nationally approved curriculum.

Workshops are held at the city of Mankato offices in the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza. The course fee is $30, payable to the city of Mankato the first night of class. Participants will receive a certificate upon course completion.Pre-registration is requested because of limited space. For course dates or to register, contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.

Home Stretch is provided by the city of Mankato Economic Development Authority, Minnesota Housing, the Minnesota Home Ownership Center and the following organizations: 

  • Bank Midwest
  • Bremer Bank
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Citizen's Community Federal Bank
  • First National Bank, Minnesota
  • Frandsen Bank and Trust, North Mankato
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Janesville State Bank
  • JBeal Real Estate Group
  • Jonathan Willette Inspections, LLC
  • Jones and Magnus Attorney at Law
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Minnesota Valley Credit Union
  • North American Title Company
  • Pioneer Bank
  • Southpoint Federal Credit Union
  • State Farm Insurance Agency, Frank Brandt
  • United Prairie Bank
  • Wells Fargo 
  • Wells Federal Bank

For more information about the Home Stretch program contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.