Home Buying Workshop
Home Ownership for People Everywhere

Home Buying Workshop


Before you start, learn the right way to buy the home of your Dreams!

This FREE Workshop will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday September 17, 2022
Workshop Registration and Check -In will be from 8:15 am – 9:00 am
Exhibition Hall will be open 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

All Participants will receive  a Certificate which satisfies the education requirements for a variety of Mortgages and Down payment Assistance Programs in Pinellas, Pasco, Polk & Hillsborough counties.. Attendance for the entire Home Buyer Workshop (Parts I and II) is mandatory to receive your Certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: The Certificate that you receive at the end of the Workshop is NOT an approval for Downpayment Assistance or Mortgage Loans. You must still complete an Application and meet the qualifying criteria of the Lender or Assistance Program.

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First Time Homebuyer Class

During this 8 hour HUD approved class you will learn about the basics of buying your first home and homeownership, including financial management, budgeting, understanding credit, navigating the mortgage process, selecting and inspecting a home, new homeowner responsibilities and more. During the course, you will be able to access members of our homebuying team, including lenders and realtors. You will also be given information regarding available down payment assistance programs and their eligibility requirements. Additionally, you will learn how to schedule a time with a HUD certified housing counselor with will assist you along in your homebuying journey.

Following completion of the class you will receive a Certificate of Completion that is required to be eligible for many of the existing down payment assistance programs.


Roger Rayburn

Roger Rayburn is a HUD Certified Housing Counselor and serves as the Homeownership Center Manager at Suncoast Housing Connections.  He began his career in the housing industry as a Home Inspector and over the years has served as a Mortgage Loan Originator and a Licensed Realtor.  Roger has been a national trainer with NeighborWorks and was the Curriculum Development Director for National Council of Laraza’s (UNIDOS) National Housing Counselor training program.    Roger is an expert on credit, qualifying for a home loan, and down payment assistance programs.  as a Housing Counselor he has helped hundreds of people, mostly first-time home buyers, achieve their dream of homeownership.

Rosemary Torres

Rosemary Torres is a HUD Certified Housing Counselor and serves as a Counselor at Suncoast Housing Connections.  She began her career in the housing industry as a Loan Officer 20 years ago working with her brother and helping many to become homeowners. After the financial crisis started in 2007 Rosemary started the journey in the foreclosure department helping clients to save their home and not to be homeless.  Rosemary Started working with Fannie Mae in 2011 under Tampa Bay CDC almost 10 years ago.  Rosemary became Homebuyer Counselor with Suncoast Housing Connections for clients to get help and the guidance to become homeowners. Rosemary has the passion to help, and she recognizes the importance of her clients being committed to make this dream come true by working together.

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Sean McKenna is a HUD Certified Housing Counselor for Suncoast Housing Connections. He began his career in the housing industry as a Case Manager for Citrus County BOCC. Sean is an expert on USDA 502 Direct Home Loans and has 11 years’ experience in the affordable housing industry. As a Housing Counselor he has assisted hundreds of people become homebuyers.

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