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Sunday, February 29, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Home and real estate calendar

For the week of Feb. 29-March 6

PLAN AHEAD

Northwest Design Expo — Two-day event for the design trade, with presentations from designers, showcase demonstrations and seminars, March 18-19, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle, free. Preregister: 800-497-7997 or www.seattledesigncenter.com

THIS WEEK'S CLASSES AND SEMINARS

First-time home-buyers class — Certified by Washington State Housing Finance Commission, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Community College, Room 3202, 1701 Broadway, Seattle, free. Preregister: 425-576-3767

NONPROFITS

ACORN Housing Corp. — Nonprofit home-buyer education and loan counseling. Weekly meetings, free. 206-243-4663.

Community Home Ownership Center — Information and referral service for low- and moderate-income first-time home buyers; classes sponsored by Washington State Housing Finance Commission, free. 800-317-2918.

HomeSight Nonprofit group serving Seattle, South King/Snohomish counties. Financial and credit counseling, free. 888-749-HOME or 206-723-4355.

International District Housing Alliance — Nonprofit homeownership education and counseling services in Vietnamese, Cambodian, Tagalog and various Chinese dialects, free. 206-623-0122.

Washington Affordable Housing — Nonprofit presents weekly home-buying seminars endorsed by Washington Education Association and taught by Washington State Housing Finance commission-trained instructors, free. 800-792-6005.

Washington Community Housing Network — Nonprofit group offering seminars for home buyers and confidential credit assistance, free. 877-459-3394.

ONGOING CLASSES AND SEMINARS

Home buyers Learn money-saving techniques, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 303 Parkplace, Suite G126, Kirkland, free. Preregister: 425-893-6108.

Home buyers — Buy a home regardless of credit and with no money down, American Trust Financial, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 999 Third Ave., No. 3800, Seattle, free. 206-795-3505.

Home sellers — How to sell a home in today's market, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Windermere Real Estate, 4211 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Lynnwood, free. Preregister: 425-210-1607.

Home buyers — Learn the process from beginning to end, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, John L. Scott Real Estate, 12910 Totem Lake Blvd., Suite 105, Kirkland, free. Preregister: 425-823-7223.

Investment — Learn about the 1031 tax exchange and exchange property tax free, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Wilson Realty Exchange, 16912 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle, free. Preregister: 206-216-3537.

Home buyers — Learn how to pay zero down, regardless of credit or income, U.S. Home Mortgage, LLC, 401 Parkplace Tower, Kirkland, free. 877-752-8250.

Home buyers — Banker brokers and real-estate agents answer questions, Windermere Real Estate, 435 108th Ave N.E., Suite 100, Bellevue, free. 206-948-1958.

Foreclosed homes — Classes for first-time home buyers, Century 21 Real Estate Center, call for dates and locations, free. 206-715-6107.

Investment — Buy property with little or no down payment, Community Mortgage, call for dates and locations, free. 206-283-6808.

Bankruptcies — Own a home after bankruptcy or foreclosure, CTX Mortgage Co., call for dates and locations, free. 800-737-1169, Ext. 118.

Home buyers and owners — Learn how to maximize tax savings by choosing the right mortgage, CTX Mortgage Co., call for dates and locations, free. 206-940-9892.

Investment — Learn about lenders' programs and how to buy property with little or no down payment, DMS Mortgage, call for dates and locations, free. 206-852-2826.

Bankruptcies — Learn how to keep a Chapter 13 in place and buy a home or refinance an existing home to lower payments, Eagle Home Mortgage and Windermere Real Estate, call for dates and locations, free. 425-602-8947.

Investment — Learn about investing in real estate, including financial analysis and taxes, Georgia Phillip Group, Inc., call for dates and locations, free. 206-706-6563.

Credit report information — PacificRES Home Mortgages offers a free pamphlet on credit reports, "Improving Your Credit Health," call for information, 206-686-4567.

Home buyers — Learn about grants, how to pay zero down and get money back upon closing, RE/MAX Metro Properties, call for dates and locations, free. 206-406-2660.

Home buying and selling — Workshops available on downsizing, selling or getting preapproved, RE/MAX Metro Properties, call for dates and locations, free. 206-227-5210.

Home buyers and sellers — Seminars offered by RE/MAX Realty South and First Horizon Home Loan, call for dates and locations, free. 206-550-9606 or 425-922-3513.

Home buyers — Instructors meet with clients in their homes, offices or other convenient places for personal, one-on-one education about low-rate mortgages, zero-down payment and closing cost help, Sentinel Real Estate, Inc., call for dates and choose the location, free. 206-219-1453.

Seattle home buyers — Washington Community Housing Network assists Seattle residents with information on affordable neighborhoods and how to save on closing costs, call for dates and locations in Seattle, free. 206-459-3393.

Single home buyers — Washington Community Housing Network provides information on home buying for singles and financial preapproval available at end of seminar, call for dates and locations, free. 425-830-2786.

Teacher home buyers — Washington Community Housing Network assists teachers with zero-down loan programs and what teachers qualify for, call for dates and locations, free. 206-459-3393.

Veteran home buyers — Washington Community Housing Network provides information on veterans' benefits and zero-down loan programs, call for dates and locations, free. 206-459-3393.

Homeowners and buyers — Mortgage and investment seminars, World Lending Group, call for dates and locations in Bellevue, Tacoma, Oak Harbor and Lynnwood, free. 206-265-1905.

Home-loan approval — Good/bad credit approval for purchase or refinance, advice given over the phone, Arboretum Mortgage, 100 S. King St., No. 600, Seattle, free. 206-568-3677.

Home-loan approval — Purchase or refinance advice over phone, First Horizon Home Loans, free. 206-713-0466.

Fax, 206-464-2239, or e-mail to elopez@seattletimes.com or mail home calendar items two weeks prior to publication to: Eve Lopez, Home Datebook, P.O. Box 1845, Seattle, WA 98111. Items run as space allows.

Copyright © 2004 The Seattle Times Company

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