Smart home buying thanks to HRCC

In a letter to the Home Repair Resource Center, one client writes:

When I  made my decision to buy a home I got encouragement from my lender and my Realtor to get the home of my dreams, at the top of my affordability range. I wanted to keep my payment around what I was paying for rent (about $800), but the house I was about to buy would cost me $1,100 per month. Fortunately, a friend told me about the Home Buyer Education program at Home Repair Resource Center. I spoke with the housing counselor, enrolled in the home buyer workshops and took advantage of the individual counseling.

I ended up buying a more modest house with a lower mortgage payment than what I was paying for rent. I have a monthly budget and tools to help me stay on course, a relationship with the Home Repair Resource Center that will help me maintain my home in good repair, and peace of mind with a little extra cash at the end of the month. 

I am writing this because I really appreciate all they have done to help me understand the home buying process. And I want everyone else to realize that these services cannot be found in other communities in northeast Ohio.

—L. Williams

Gail Jackson is a housing counselor at the Home Repair Resource Center in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:53 PM, 03.23.2010