Home Team Advantage

Designing and Financing

First-Time Home Buyer Programs

A Freddie Mac Housing Outreach Initiative


We're connecting local housing professionals to expand home ownership opportunities.

In this one-day, interactive workshop you'll:

  • Learn the latest about the local and national housing market and home buyer needs
  • Discover new funding sources for first-time buyers
  • Be introduced to today's must-know affordable homeownership programs and products
  • Learn the best practices to prepare home buyers and connect with the affordable homeownership ecosystem

The Home Team Advantage events are developed and delivered by the Nickerson Group and thanks to the support of Freddie Mac and our local sponsors, the events are available at no cost to attendees.

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2018 Event Schedule

No upcoming events.

Who Should Attend

Homeownership Professionals

Home Team Advantage is an interactive workshop in support of  homeownership professionals from various backgrounds including:

  • Executives, managers and staff from non-profit and state and local government housing agencies
  • Public officials focused on affordable housing issues
  • Housing counselors, educators, other housing providers working in non-profit organizations
  • Mortgage and real estate professionals who focus their business on serving the first-time buyer market
  • Housing developers who work to expand the supply of affordable homes

What You'll Take Home 

All attendees will receive a comprehensive Home Ownership Toolkit that includes, reports, studies, worksheets, forms, guides, and product fact sheets that you can you put to immediate use.  Additionally, a Workshop Training Deck will be provided to all attendees can be shared with your colleagues.


8 am  - Registration and Breakfast

9 am  - 12  pm - Morning Session

(break at 10 am)

12 pm - Hosted Lunch and Panel Discussion

1 - 4 pm   Afternoon Session

(break at 2 pm)

4 pm  - Wrap-Up / Activity

Certificates of completion will awarded, parking vouchers provided and Home Ownership Toolkits distributed.  Then wind down during happy hour with your fellow Home Team Advantage attendees, sponsors and Freddie Mac staff

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Networking Reception

Workshop Topics  

  • Making the case for home ownership - an elevator pitch to get the local support you need
  • How to boost home buying power for low-income individuals and families
  • Why it's critical to expand and sustain local home ownership counseling efforts
  • Examples of local home ownership collaboratives that are making a big difference
  • Five exciting mortgage products that leverage local housing resources efficiently
  • Federal, state and local subsidy sources for first-time buyers
  • 16 pre-purchase  tips for housing counselors to help your buyers succeed
  • The latest underwriting guidelines you've got to know
  • Find out why savings and credit may not be the biggest homebuying barriers any more
  • Home ownership in the gig economy - what you need to know to help your millennial home buyers
  • Pulling it all together - how to build an effective local homeownership initiative 

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Comments from Past Attendees

Post Event Resources

"The Nickerson Group did an outstanding job of elevating our mortgage knowledge, simplifying the jargon, and providing resource to use post-event. I highly recommend this learning event, plus the network and food were great" - Marcia Griffin, Found and President Home Free - USA 

Diverse Attendance

"This was, by far, the most informational session I've attended.  The diversity of attendance was excellent!" - Sandra Torres, Housing Coordinator, Midland Community Development Corporation

Relevant Housing Data

"Excellent dialogue and relevant housing data...particularly the discussion regarding ways to best educate and inform communities of programs and partnership" - Carrie T. Harris, CEO and Found, D & E, A Financial Education and Training Institute, Inc.

Great Content 

"The Home Team Advantage program provides participants with extensive content offerings while doing a superb job of highlighting the role of teamwork and communication necessary for smooth transactions within our industry.  Listening to others speak about their different perspectives and challenges unlocked practical problem solving and tangible takeaways."  Gregory Hild, Director Community Lending Program - Land Home Financial Services, Inc.


The following co-sponsors are collaborating with Freddie Mac to support Home Team Advantage in 2018:

Nickerson Group, National Housing Resource Center, Minnesota Housing, Colorado Housing Finance Authority, City and County of Denver, El Paso County Housing Finance Agency, Radian Mortgage Insurance, MGIC Mortgage Insurance, The Housing Fund, Fulton Mortgage,  First Bank, Bell Bank, Prime Lending, BB&T Mortgage, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Fifth Third Bank, and more to follow.

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