HOME BUYERS CAN GET HELP.

–Affordable home loan programs and information about low- and no-down payment options.

–The importance of maintaining good credit.

Putting together a budget that will help potential buyers save the down payment.

–Completing a loan application and how to navigate the mortgage process.

–Special programs for employees of city, county and state government.

Countrywide officials will also conduct free credit checks for prospective buyers and help them get preapproved for a loan.

The seminar will start at 7 p.m. at the Airtel Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys.

Reservations can be made by calling (800) 588-9888.

BROKER BUZZ

–Teradyne Inc., a maker of test equipment for the telecommunications and electronics industries, has signed a seven-year, $3 million lease at the 100-acre Conejo Spectrum in Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks,