Coastal Homebuyer Education is no longer offering first-time homebuyer workshops. We are being absorbed by Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership. In order to take a workshop, virtual or in-person, please contact them at All of our files are moving to MVHP. You can also contact Coastal at

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Institution for Savings

We are pleased to welcome our newest participating lender, the Institution for Savings, in Newburyport. Looking forward to the New Year.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Andover Down Payment Assistance

We have some exciting news: 

The program has just been expanded! Now we are able to provide assistance with a maximum of 10% of the purchase price, up to $15,000, according to need!  

We will be offering an introduction to the program on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 pm, at the Memorial Hall Library. More details on the program may be found at 

And if you would like to apply, please use email You can fill out the application if you are interested, even if you have not identified a property at this time. There are limited funds for this program and they will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

Monday, July 30, 2012

We have just confirmed our schedule for the remainder of 2012. We will be meeting at the Amesbury Health Center on the following dates:

August 18 & 25
September 8 & 15
October 13 & 20
November 10 & 17

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Why take a first time homebuyer course?

The first time homebuyer's workshop has two benefits:
1. the information contained in the 4 sessions. and 2. the certificate given at the end.

The information that people learn is invaluable to them because they are learning it in a "safe harbor". By becoming familiar with the process in a classroom, they can learn and make their decisions later. We have 4 sessions covering Budget & Credit, Obtaining a Mortgage, Locating a Property, and Legal Issues.  The guest speakers include our budget & credit expert, a loan officer, a Realtor, a home inspector and a lawyer. We also talk about lead paint, affordable housing and down payment assistance. The fee is $50 per household and each household gets a large workbook in a three ring binder to keep.
The second benefit is the certificate of completion given at the end. It is required for the MHP Soft Second program, MA Housing, and most affordable housing and down payment assistance programs. I have been teaching this for 8 years and everyone who takes it at the end (because they just found out they needed it to close) says they wish they had taken it earlier.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Andover Down Payment Assistance

We are accepting applications for the Anodver down payment assitance program. Please email Martha Solish at for more information and an application.

Here is a link to an article that appeared in the Andover Townsman. Although the workshop mentioned here is over, we are starting another one on June 21.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

In Andover we are offering an additional workshop on Wednesday, May 30 & Thursday, May 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and finishing on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  We will meet at the Memorial Hall Library on North Main Street. For an information sheet and registration form please email

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Coastal Homebuyer Education is now administering the down payment assistance program for the Town of Andover, MA. For more information and an application, please contact Martha Solish at or 978-314-7453.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

To register for a workshop please email Ellie O'Leary at to get the information sheet and the registration form. Cost is $50 per household.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The next three workshops have been added to the schedule.

  • April 21 & 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • May 12 & 19, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • June 21 & 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m., June 23 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Schedule

Our first three workshops of  2012 have been scheduled. We will meet in Newburyport in January, February, and March at the following dates and times.

January 21 & 28, two Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
February 16 & 17, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
March 17 & 24, two Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(All of the Saturday dates include a break for lunch)