Chris Vance joins the HomeOwnership Center as loan originator

The HomeOwnership Center, Inc. is excited to announce Tucker County native Chris Vance has joined the organization’s team as a loan originator. Chris recently passed the pre-licensed education course and is a now a licensed loan specialist.Christena Vance

As a loan originator, Chris will prepare and review applications and work directly with customers on specific loan products offered through HOC. She will also assist customers from the start of the house buying process until closing day.

Chris received her associates degree in business administration from Davis and Elkins College. For more than a decade, she has worked for a local law firm where she prepared for and performed real estate closings. Chris’s former experiences has helped her create professional relationships with local realtors.

Chris is looking forward to working with community members and helping our customers become successful homeowners.

“I’m excited to begin working closely with potential homebuyers and to be part of their journey of buying their first, or second, home,” she said. “Homeownership is such a thrilling time in a person’s life, and I’m more than willing to help find the perfect loan program that will make someone’s dream come true.”

Chris currently resides in Elkins with her husband Dave and two fur babies. She enjoys being outdoors and spending quality time with her family.

HOC awarded funding to further services

ELKINS, WV – The HomeOwnership Center, Inc., (HOC) is excited to announce it has received a $210,000 grant to assist its efforts to create successful homeowners and provide financial opportunities and affordable loans to potential homebuyers in an eight-county service area from NeighborWorks America. NeighborWorks is a public non-profit organization dedicated to housing and community development.

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HomeOwnership Center is hiring

Come work with a mission-based organization serving our communities for 22 years, and make a difference in our area by helping to create successful home owners!

The HomeOwnership Center, Inc. is looking for a part-time Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator who will be responsible for promoting and developing the HOC brand throughout its service area, for building partnerships and referral sources, and for attracting a pipeline of customers for HOC home buyer counseling and mortgage lending services.

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HomeOwnership Center Key Partner in New Programs

Two new programs that will help serve the residents of Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur and Lewis counties were launched during a virtual event on Thursday as Highland Community Builders introduced its new Financial Opportunity Center and Digital Navigator Program, aimed to aid citizens in many different areas of need.

Highland Community Builders has partnered with Rural LISC, the Randolph County Housing Authority and HomeOwnership Center to assist with the new programs, which were made possible through financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson/Benedum Foundation partnership.

“Our first step in putting this together was to reach out to the HomeOwnership Center as a key partner,” said Karen Jacobson, Highland Community Builders board member. “They have been providing home buyer education to individuals and households for over 20 years now. So their expertise is going to be really critical to our success.”

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HomeOwnership Center Welcomes New Home Ownership Advisor

The HomeOwnership Center is happy to welcome Jami Stewart to its staff as a new Home Ownership Advisor. Jami will join Tawnya Holbrook, already working in this role, and will work with HomeOwnership Center customers to provide them the personalized attention and guidance they need to navigate the home buying process and to become successful home owners.

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HomeOwnership Center Welcomes New Board Members

The HomeOwnership Center, Inc. is pleased to welcome two new board members to its ranks! Both recent HOC customers, Elkins residents Brittany Hicks and PJ Binns have joined HOC’s board of directors. HOC staff and current board members are very excited for them to share their enthusiasm for HOC and their professional expertise with us as we work together to find new ways to provide services to our customers and make a positive impact on our communities.

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HomeOwnership Center a Community Resource in Good Times and in Bad

How has your world changed over the last few months? Has your worklife or your homelife been turned upside down? Have you had some struggles but managed to keep your head above water? Have you experienced just a few complications but mostly been okay? People in our community have had a wide range of experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a feeling common to almost all of us these days is uncertainty.

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