HomeOwnership Center Invites Former Customers to June Celebration

There is lots to celebrate this month at the HomeOwnership Center. June is national home ownership month, and as would be expected, this always is a matter of celebration at the HomeOwnership Center. One way the organization celebrates each year is by cutting in half the cost of their home buyer education workshop for the month. The first week of June is National NeighborWorks Week, and as a NeighborWorks member organization, the HomeOwnership Center is happy to promote this year’s theme of Advancing Opportunity, as this is what they strive to do every day for area residents who are seeking the opportunity to become home owners.

This year, however, is particularly special, as the HomeOwnership Center is celebrating twenty years of creating and supporting successful home owners in north central West Virginia. Since 1998, the HomeOwnership Center has provided financial counseling or education to over 3200 individuals and families, and has assisted nearly 1000 of them to become home buyers. In honor of that achievement, later this month the organization will be hosting an event to celebrate all of the board members, staff, partners, and especially the customers who have made this anniversary possible.

Over the years, the HomeOwnership Center has lost touch with many of the homebuyers who have come through its doors. As they reach this important 20 year milestone, however, the organization would like to reach out to these customers and invite them to share their success stories and to join in the celebration. To that end, the HomeOwnership Center invites anyone who purchased a home with the organization’s assistance to contact them for event information by calling 304-636-9115 or emailing [email protected] “We really would like to see a lot of our former homebuyers and celebrate with them at our anniversary event. We hope that many of them will get in touch with us so that we can personally invite them, and thank them for helping to make the HomeOwnership Center the successful organization that it is. All are welcome!” explained Executive Director Kate Somers.

HomeOwnership Center Partners with Local YouthBuild Program to Promote Financial Capability

Are you “financially capable”? What does financial capability mean to you? Does it mean you can pay your bills each month? Or create a budget and stick to it? Does it mean you can put aside some savings toward your plans for the future? It can mean different things to different people, but whatever the definition, the HomeOwnership Center is a local organization dedicated to helping people get to “yes”.

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HomeOwnership Center Celebrates 20 Years

ELKINS — Sometimes a little information can go a long way. For nearly 900 households in the region, information that came from the HomeOwnership Center Inc. helped them buy a house.

The HomeOwnership Center has been offering personalized financial advising, credit analysis and mortgage loans for 20 years, and during that time it often has been the difference between a family buying a home or not.

“We take each customer from wherever their starting point is, and work with them to get them mortgage ready,” said home ownership advisor Carrie Shupp in a news release. “Sometimes customers come to us and they are ready to speak with our loan originator that day, and find out about our loan products and options right away. Other times customers have some work to do before that home ownership dream can become a reality. They may need to pay down debt or improve their credit. We let them know what they can do to improve their situation, we stay by them throughout the process, and if they to put the work in to get things fixed up, we are there cheering them on at the closing table when they purchase their home.”

Since its beginnings in 1998, the Elkins-based not-for-profit organization has educated, guided and lent to home buyers of all incomes and household types in an eight-county area.

“We are in it for the smiles, for the sense of satisfaction people feel when they accomplish this goal. Buying a home can be a great opportunity for a family to build wealth, to be able to pass something along to the next generation. It is a very important step for many families,” explained loan originator Tawnya Holbrook.

Executive Director Kate Somers agreed, and added, “We are so proud to have assisted almost 900 households in purchasing a home during the last 20 years, and we are excited to see how much more we can accomplish over the next 20 years of serving our community.”

The HomeOwnership Center will be celebrating this milestone throughout 2018 by highlighting customer success stories, and invites former HOC customers to reach out and share how home ownership has positively impacted their lives over the years.

The mission of the HomeOwnership Center is to create and support successful home owners through sound and ongoing financial counseling, home buyer education and responsible lending. Services are available to all who are interested, without restrictions.

The HomeOwnership Center is located at 2276 Randolph Ave., Elkins, along U.S. 219 north toward the Parsons Road. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information is available by calling 304-636-9115 or visiting www.hocwv.org.

Article courtesy of The Inter-Mountain

The HomeOwnership Center Hires New Program Coordinator

The HomeOwnership Center is happy to welcome Jenifer (Pingley) Clay to its staff as its new Program Coordinator. To complement its Home Buyer services, Jenifer will be responsible for developing the organization’s new Home Owner services division. This new bundle of services will offer low-interest home repair loans, mortgage refinancing, financial counseling, and educational classes in home maintenance to residents in the area who already own their own homes.

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