Sunday, September 13, 2015

Buying a home in Howard County?

      The Howard County Housing Department will hold its free “HousingMatters” Mini-Fair on September 19, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ascend One Building’s Howard County Public School Conference Center, 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045. Anyone who has bought a home here understanding how challenging this can be--especially for a first time buyer. Here is the information on the upcoming workshops.

     "Now in its fourth year, the “Housing Matters” Mini-Fair features educational workshops on the pursuit of homeownership, improvement of an existing home and renter and landlord rights and responsibilities."
   “Our fall mini-fair has become another important community outreach event. Its focus is on education, and it’s becoming almost as popular as our spring fair,” says Howard County Housing Director Tom Carbo, referring to Come Home to Howard County, the state’s largest housing expo. 'There is a real thirst for knowledge when it comes to housing opportunities in Howard County. Not only do people want to know what options they have, but they have a strong desire to understand the home buying process.'”
    To that end, “Housing Matters” will feature educational sessions such as, Managing Your Money; Understanding Your Credit from a Lender’s Perspective; How to Buy Your First Home; andPitfalls to Avoid When Buying a Home, among others.  In addition to the education sessions, realtors, brokers, lenders and bankers will answer questions and meet on-on-one to answer participant’s questions. Credit counselors will also be on hand to provide free credit report consultations throughout the event.
     Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the fair. Free childcare for youth -- ages 3 & up -- will be provided by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Interpreters are available for non-English speaking participants who request this service in advance."

For more information about the “Housing Matters” Mini-Fair, and to register for education sessions visit

      Quote of the day:  "I started out with nothing and I have most of it left"


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