2019 Homeownership Fair

Buying a home is considered a piece of the American Dream. And what better place to make that purchase than in the American Dream City!

The City of Arlington is trying to make the process easier for interested buyers as it hosts the fourth annual Homeownership Fair.

“With its affordable homes, quality schools and plentiful public amenities, it was no surprise that Arlington was recently ranked the Best City in America to raise a family by SmartAsset.com,” says Teresa Taitt, Grants Management Program Specialist and Homeownership Fair coordinator.

SmartAsset.com also ranked Arlington third on its national list of “Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers.”

The Homeownership Fair, which is free and open to all prospective and current residents, is scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center.

“The City will offer sessions on Home Buying 101, Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance, Mortgage Loans, Credit Repair and Energy Efficiency,” says Taitt. “During these sessions, attendees will hear from local professionals about how to get started buying a home and get a chance to talk with them one-on-one at their booth.”

The Fair aligns with one of the City Council’s foremost priorities, says Assistant City Manager Jennifer Wichmann.

“We are very excited to hold the fourth annual City of Arlington Homeownership Fair,” Wichmann says. “This event is rooted in the City Council priority to Champion Great Neighborhoods by encouraging homeownership in the American Dream City.”

According to the City of Arlington’s website: Great neighborhoods contribute to a higher quality of life and greater investment in our economy. Every part of our corporation contributes to our overall success and vitality as we make Arlington a great place to live, work, learn, and play.

This is done by working with residents and visitors to ensure that Arlington is a place they feel secure and find visually appealing, effectively communicating with citizens by providing information in ways that make sense to them and that they can access with ease and convenience and providing opportunities for community engagement.

The first 300 participants who pre-register for the fair will receive a complimentary box lunch and a chance at winning door prizes. You can pre-register beginning on July 10.

The event is not only for first-time homebuyers; everyone at any stage of the home buying process could benefit from it.

“We will have information on how to maintain your current home through energy efficiency and weatherization, to short sales and what to look for when purchasing your second home,” says Taitt.

The Fair is a family-friendly event. Organizers have planned activities for school-aged children including a game truck, tennis and the Home Depot workshop to keep them entertained.

Last year, approximately 450 people attended the Homeownership Fair. Organizers hope for an even bigger turnout in 2019.

For more: arlingtontx.gov/homeownershipfair.

 

Toni Randle-Cook

Toni Randle-Cook is a contributing writer for AT Magazine.