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Noncredit Continuing Education Winter & Spring 2015 Courses

NOTE: Room numbers are posted in each building lobby on the day of class.

The Home Buying Process From Start to Finish
Whether you are a first-time home buyer or someone who hasn’t purchased a home in quite a while, this course is jam-packed with valuable information that could save you time and money. Session one covers the purchase and selection of your home with information about selecting the right agent, buyer’s agents, short sales and foreclosures, types of loans, disclosure requirements, credit issues, home inspections, lead paint and environmental inspections, and the residential sales contract. The second session covers the settlement and closing the deal. Topics include: typical settlement fees, common deadlines in a contract, HOA recession clauses, contingencies, condo documents, flood insurance, ground rent, HUD-I settlement statement, home warranties, titles and title insurance, lease/rent backs, escrows, Powers of Attorney, breach of contract and post-settlement issues. This course is offered in partnership with Lawyers Advantage Title Group. Standard refund policy does not apply. No refund of tuition or fees on start date or after class begins. $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat 10am-12pm, Feb 21-Feb 28
   XE-132 7802 #0752 Gateway Campus

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Preparing to Remodel Your Home
Avoid many costly mistakes, save a lot of money, and enjoy the remodeling process! Architect and remodeling expert Jim Molinelli, Ph.D, teaches and explains the remodeling process from your initial idea through contract negotiation. Jim has over 25 years of residential design and remodeling experience. Topics include homework for homeowners, remodeling project types, budgeting for remodeling, the cost of improving vs. moving, typical project values, preparing a project information packet, types of professional design help, types of remodeling companies, and the critically important how to identify, evaluate and select the RIGHT remodeling company. $129** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, Apr 15-May 13
   XE-486 6368   #4616 Gateway Campus

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Ms. Fix-It: Secrets of Home Repair for Women
Do you feel helpless when confronted with a home repair? This limited hands-on class teaches you how to fix common household problems easily and safely. Enjoy the savings and satisfaction of learning tips, tools, and skills for simple jobs around the house. Topics include power tools, carpentry, plumbing, and electricity. Class size is limited, so sign up now. $115** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 6:30pm-9pm, Apr 23-May 14
   XE-815 6948   #4637 Wilde Lake High School

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Embracing the “Now You” – Right Sizing Your Lifestyle Today
If you are having a challenge getting a handle on a new chapter of your life or how to live in a new space, this class is for you. Are you amazed each day when you awake at what you see in your living spaces? Are you in a quandary about your stuff? Are you unsure of what you need today and in the future? Join Yarrow for a contemporary, dynamic and humorous approach to creating spaces for the “now you.” Guided by Feng Shui and enriched by the instructor’s understanding of the interplay between you and your stuff, learn what to do with it when your lifestyle changes. $49** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 6:30pm-9:30pm, Mar 19
   XE-235 6504 #0392 Wilde Lake High School

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Home Staging: The Key to Selling a Home For Top Dollar
Do you want to distinguish your home from the competition? Home staging is a proven marketing tool to prepare a home to sell quickly and for top dollar. You'll learn low-cost staging tips and techniques that set the stage for a successful open house and home sale. Instructor: Nicci Parrish, ASP IAHSP $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, Apr 29
   XE-332 M1618   #5481 Laurel College Center

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Feng Shui to Buy/Sell a Home ★NEW!★
Is buying or selling a property on the horizon for you? Before you do either, discover hidden and unknown factors to consider. Learn to avoid devastating pitfalls and energetic trappings. Develop a "discerning eye" & a "buyer's eye." Yarrow is a certified feng shui practitioner & home stager who has prepared, sold and bought many properties using these tips. Receive a pocket guide. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, May 13
   XE-286 M1655   #5866 Laurel College Center
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Buy and Sell Smartly Using Feng Shui ★NEW!★
Location, location, location - these are the operative words used in buying and selling a home. They are meant to invoke a place that is near shops, restaurants, the waterfront, medical services, school districts, etc. Feng Shui offers a time-honored perspective on factors to consider before buying and before selling a house. This class will introduce you to ancient Chinese principles that you can use when considering making an offer on a home. Put the principles learned into practice. No prior knowledge of Feng Shui is required. Instructor Yarrow, aka "The Energy Whisperer" is a certified Feng Shui Practitioner. $49** (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue 6:30pm-9:30pm, May 19
XE-269 6423   #4783 Hickory Ridge
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Feng Shui Your Home Exterior ★NEW!★
Is your first impression of your home "this place needs help?" Learn ways to create curb appeal, beautify the exterior of your home and raise the energy to invite good chi to your doorstep. Bring to class a drawing of the entrance or photo to draw on. Each student will receive a pocket guide. Yarrow, certified feng shui practitioner. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, Apr 22
   XE-279 M1626   #5545 Laurel College Center

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Create a Feng Shui Garden ★NEW!★
Got a garden? Want flowers? Need a plan? We'll dig right in, so bring a drawing of your site and a couple photos of your garden that you can draw on and personalize. Yarrow, a certified feng shui practitioner, provides plant recommendations, including colors, plant meanings and shade/sun plant choices and a pocket guide. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, May 6
   XE-283 M1654   #5865 Laurel College Center

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Container Gardening for Everyone
Containers can enhance your outdoor enjoyment whether you have a small deck or a multi-acre yard. Discover how to select the right combinations of pots and plants to grow beautiful flowers, vegetables, herbs and shrubs. Learn to plant like the pros! Instructor Miriam Mahowald is a professional horticulturalist. $64** (includes $45 in fees*)
Wed 7pm-9pm, Apr 8-Apr 15
   XE-646 6518   #5587 Centennial High School

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Curb Appeal
Is the front of your home looking old and tired? Are your plants and flowers overgrown and straggly? Join master gardener Miriam Mahowald to make changes and/or update your front entrance garden. Learn how to incease your home's curb appeal and make your entrance more attractive. Topics will include do-it-yourself planting and building instructions, as well as information on working with a contractor. Learn to select the best plants for your unique conditions and the best way to maintain your new, improved plantings. Bring photos and sun/shade information to class. $64** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 7pm-9pm, May 6-May 13
   XE-267 6485   #4755 Centennial High School

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Have a Clutter-Free Closet
Professional Organizers agree that clutter is anything that gets in the way of living the life you want to live. Got packed closets with nothing to wear? Then you've got clutter. Bring pictures of your closet challenges. Get advice about how to make space in your closet for a streamlined wardrobe that fits your lifestyle. Learn the "Ten Commandments" of Hanging from the book, Shop Your Closet Instructor: Donna Cameron, Ph.D., The Clutter Doc. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon 6:30pm-9:30pm, May 18
   XE-157 M1650   #5823 Laurel College Center
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De-Clutter Your Home
Got too much stuff? Not enough time to do things you enjoy? Feel overwhelmed? This course is for you! Learn how to plan a de-cluttering project and eliminate excess stuff. See live demonstrations of creating systems for storage and maintenance. Bring your biggest clutter challenge and leave with de-cluttering techniques you can apply right away. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu 6:30pm-9:30pm, Apr 9
XE-648 M1611   #5471 Laurel College Center
Thu 6:30pm-9:30pm, Jun 11
XE-648 M1657   #5929 Laurel College Center

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Landscaping With Perennials and Flowering Shrubs
Join master gardener Miriam Mahowald and learn to use or add more seasonal color to your yard. You will become adept at choosing and caring for the plants best suited for your landscape. The class will also teach you all the basics including planting, fertilizing and pruning. Get ready for next spring and summer! $79** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Tue 7pm-9pm, Mar 10-Mar 24
   XE-146 6587 #3658 Centennial High School

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Course Notes
*Fees not eligible for waiver.
**Neither XE courses nor their fees are eligible for waiver.
(S) = Supplies needed. Instructor will provide list at first class.
(T) = Textbook recommended or required. Purchase at HCC Bookstore or online before first class.



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