The thought of purchasing a home can be daunting and have you clouded with doubts and fear of ‘can I afford this?’ Approaching a lending agency or bank can be even more intimidating as new worries of homeownership begin to sink in.
At the HomeOwnership Center, we stay with you every step of the way – from assessing your readiness to buy a house to that wonderous closing day.
We work with you on lending options, support you through times of doubts, guide you on how to boost your credit score and celebrate when you finally become a homeowner.
When you begin working with the HomeOwnership Center, you’ll meet with our homeownership advisor Jami Stewart. Jami is full of warmth and information and will help you determine the next steps in your homebuying journey.
In our latest blog, Jami helps ease any hesitation by explaining the initial steps of working with HOC.
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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.
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.
Understanding financial management, budgeting, credit scores and the importance of savings is fundamental when it comes to bettering your personal financial situation. That is why during the month of April, known as Financial Literacy Month, organizations carry out initiatives designed to improve financial literacy. Financial literacy refers to the ability to understand and apply different financial skills effectively.
Fortunately for residents of Randolph County and surrounding areas, the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) works with clients all-year-long, completely free and 100 percent confidential, to assess and enhance clients’ financial affairs. Continue reading “Financial Opportunity Center available for financial education & more” →
The HomeOwnership Center is excited to announce Randolph County native and local attorney Katie Marcum has joined the HOC Board of Directors. Katie became a member of the HOC board of directors in March 2021 and is eager to begin working with the organization and collaborating with community partners.
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Meet Samantha and Owen – two Pennsylvania natives who made their way to the Mountain State roughly eight years ago. Owen came to Elkins in 2012 to study at Davis and Elkins College, and Samantha followed suit in 2015 to be a member of an AmeriCorps program. Now, Owen is employed at VanNostrand Architects based in Buckhannon and Samantha works at LMC & Associates in Elkins. After living in downtown Elkins for five years, the pair decided it was time to purchase their first home together and turned to the HomeOwnership Center for some homebuying education and guidance.
We chatted with Samantha and Owen to find how out the house hunting process was and how the HomeOwnership Center played a role in finding their Randolph County home.
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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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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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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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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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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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