Home Team Advantage

Designing and Financing

First-Time Home Buyer Programs

A Freddie Mac Housing Outreach Initiative

In this FREE one-day, interactive workshop, get the latest thinking on the...


  • 13 Top Obstacles to Mortgage Credit Access and How to Overcome Them
  • 9 Early Steps to Help First-Time Buyers Get Mortgage Ready
  • 7 Insider Tips to Mortgage Approvals
  • Best New Mortgage Products for Underserved Households

2018 Home Team Advantage Event Locations

Philadelphia ~ Nashville ~ Minneapolis-St Paul ~ Denver ~ Raleigh-Durham

Dates and locations will be announced very soon.  Click on the button below to request more information.



Access to mortgage credit remains too difficult for many new buyers, especially in underserved markets, so The Nickerson Group developed "Home Team Advantage" a FREE one-day workshops held across the nation to focus on the design, financing, and administration of first-time homebuyer programs.

Come join us to learn about the many changes in the mortgage lending industry since the recession - new mortgage products, new regulatory requirements, improved underwriting tools, creative subsidy approaches, and yes, even new acronyms. 

"Home Team Advantage" is sponsored by Freddie Mac and participating mortgage lending institutions.

Who Should Attend

These interactive workshops focus on helping nonprofit developers, counseling agencies, state and local government agencies, and other housing providers to successfully assist underserved households and to stabilize distressed communities.

Participants receive a FREE comprehensive, first-time homeownership tool kit and helpful presentation materials.

What Participants Say

"Post Event Resources"

"The Nickerson Group did an outstanding job of elevating our mortgage knowledge, simplifying the jargon, and providing resources to use post event. I highly recommend this learning event, plus the networking and food were great." 

- Marcia Griffin, Founder and President, HomeFree-USA

"Diverse Attendance"

"This was, by far, the most informational session I ever attended. The diversity of the attendees 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 & partnerships" 

- Carrie T. Harris, CEO and Founder, D&E, A Financial Education and Training Institute, Inc.

Workshop Agenda

  • 8:00 am - Registration Begins (Breakfast available)
  • 9:00 am - Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:20 am - Making the Case for Homeownership in 2017
  • 9:45 am - Obstacles and Opportunities
        13 Obstacles That Must Be Overcome
        The Opportunities Ahead
  • 10:30 am - Break
  • 10:45 am - The 2017 Mortgage Market
        7 Emerging Market Trends
        Understanding Mortgage Lending
        Interview with Freddie Mac - A One-on-One Discussion
  • 11:30 am - Getting to “YES” 
  • Noon - Hosted Lunch and Mortgage Industry Panel 
  • 1:15 pm - The Best Mortgage Products for First-Time Buyers
        GSE Product Enhancements
        Lender Product Innovations
  • 2:10 pm - Break
  • 2:20 pm - Using Subsidy Funding Effectively
        Structures that Work!
  • 2:50 pm - Harnessing Homebuyer Counseling/Education
  • 3:30 pm - Getting To Scale -  Industry Collaboration
  • 3:55 pm - Workshop Concludes - Networking Reception


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