The Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Home Start Loan Program provides a comprehensive package for first-time homebuyers and veterans by offering a 30-year fixed rate loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration with an option to apply for down payment assistance.

Illinois REALTORS® are urged to take advantage of complimentary training opportunities to learn more details about Home Start.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is ramping up efforts to train REALTORS® about the Home Start Loan Program by providing customized training sessions across the state. Beyond the trainings listed below, IHDA invites REALTORS® to request a free training for their local association or individual broker offices.

“Our Home Start program creates a tremendous opportunity for first-time buyers who want to seize the chance to qualify for the federal tax credit, and take advantage of historically low prices and interest rates,” explains Gloria L. Materre, IHDA Executive Director. “Our free trainings will ensure REALTORS® know more about this homebuying tool.”

Planned REALTOR® trainings include:

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 30
    Coldwell Banker, 5404 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60646
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 15
    Holiday Inn of Rock Island, 226 17th St., Rock Island, IL 61201
  • 1:30-3 p.m. April 19
    Rockford Association of REALTORS®, 6776 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 22
    Doubletree Hotel Collinsville, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234

To attend a planned training or to request a personalized training, please e-mail [email protected] or call (877) 456-2656. Learn more at