2019 Florida Homebuying Fair helps homebuyers assemble the right team to achieve their dreams of homeownership.
Buying a home is a big step, but even if you’ve gone through the process before, it can be intimidating. Stress levels can be high as you search for the perfect property, compete to have the best offer and then go through mortgage underwriting. Those stress levels are even higher if you’re a first-time homebuyer that’s learning as you go.
It’s with that in mind that Consolidated Credit established the Florida Homebuying Fair. This free event allows potential homebuyers to meet with the professionals they need at each step of the homebuying process:
- Mortgage lenders
- Title Companies
- Fannie Mae
This way, homebuyers can better understand how to buy a home and assemble a team to help achieve that goal. The fall fair will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 10:00am – 3:00pm at Junior Achievement South Florida:
11330 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
A Look Back at the 2019 Florida Homebuying Fair Earlier This Year
Want to know what you can expect at this year’s Florida Homebuying Fair? This video talks to experts and attendees at our Homebuying Fair that we hosted earlier this year in January 2019.
[On-screen text] 2019 2nd Annual Home Buying Fair
Rodney Baltimore, Hot 105 FM: This lady right here [Maria Gaitan, Consolidated Credit Director of Housing] is doing some wonderful work and that gentleman over here, this is Barry [Rothman, Housing Counseling Program Manager]. These people can help you and if they can’t help you directly, they can guide you to the appropriate parties.
Jeff Martin, Easy 93.1 FM: This is a smorgasbord of Realtors®, we have mortgage brokers and inspectors, all kinds of things.
Jeanette Perdomo, Action Title Agency Vice President: I am here today to educate everyone about the homeowners’ process. And we want to tell them step-by-step how we can help them.
Andrew Roopchand, Goldstar Mortgage Loan Originator: The homebuying process is typically a scary thing for people that haven’t experienced it before. Coming to things like this and learning and just being more knowledgeable with what comes with buying a home is – it’s really good for the community.
Thais Sullivan, Valley National Bank CRA Community Lending Officer: As a community leader, it’s our responsibility to teach, to work with, to live, and to help our communities to grow.
Barnaby Robles, Wells Fargo Mortgage Branch Manageer: And we hope, as you come out here today, and you learn from all the different vendors what some of the opportunities are, and benefits of homeownership, that we inspire you, that we educate you, and we enable you to become a homeowner.
Oscar Echeverria, Gaia Construction Owner: We’re here to help the first-time homebuyers, making sure they get the property that they deserve and in the circumstances that are right, in order to do a proper closing.
Bobbie Sera, Gold Keys International Reality Realtor: Our goal is to give you the experience that you need, the education that you need and the path to owning one day. Because, again, a lot of us are wasting money every day just renting. The goal of life should be one thing, to own something and leave generational wealth.
Yasi Luna and Angelina Massa, Broward County Property Appraiser Community Outreach Specialist: We’re here to educate the public, if they have general questions, even if you haven’t purchased your house, it’s still good to know.
Martine Lebel, Guaranteed Rate Mortgage Lender: I think it’s very important for a first-time homebuyer to be educated about the process. So, I love giving my time to help assist in that process.
Lou Silver, Mortgage Solutions Owner: Hi, I’m Lou Silver with Mortgage Solutions. We’ve been in the financial services industry for over 30 years. Mortgage Solutions does everything from conventional, FHA, reverse mortgages, reverse purchases.
Dawn Williams, PRAG Realtor: It’s not an instantaneous process. Once they have the desire to be a homeowner, Consolidated Credit brings to the table the educational component and the assistance, in terms of getting them ready, from credit to affordability.
Cathy Albamonte, BB&T Loan Officer: We have a very strong relationship with Consolidated Credit. We do a lot of financial education, financial literacy classes for low-to-moderate income first-time homebuyers.
Nayda Reyes, Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals President: We were invited with Consolidated Credit, which we’ve done past events together. We focus on our homeless and our Veteran community.
Paul Atkinson, PRA & Company Realtors: They’ve had a great turnout, I’m here every year. Maria is amazing, I really appreciate you. And we always have a good turnout.
Javier Cornavaca, Tropical Financial Credit Union Mortgage Lender: I personally do first-time buyer seminars with them a couple times a year. What I’m looking forward to at this event is being able to assist a lot of buyers and guide them into purchasing their dream home.
Fair Attendee 1: Everybody wants to be a homebuyer. Everybody wants part of the American Dream.
Fair Attendee 2: My experience was good. I got a lot of information.
Jacaronda Bradley, Brand New Homeowner in Broward County, FL: I would just like to express the importance to everyone. If you are going through the process to purchase a home, that it’s a must that you be diligent, that you be consistent and that you trust the process and listen to what Consolidated Credit has to tell you.
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Not sure where to start? Connect with a HUD-approved coach!
For first-time homebuyers, especially, it’s hard to know what to expect when you buy a home. Steps like contacting a title company, getting appraisals, putting down earnest money and establishing escrow are all unique to buying a home. So, even if you’ve used other types of financing, you still may not fully understand what you’re in for.
At the Florida homebuying fair, you can connect with HUD-approved housing counselors for one-on-one coaching. They can help you:
- Understand the homebuying process step by step
- Explain mortgage underwriting
- Customize a plan to make sure you are mortgage-ready
- Find down payment and closing cost assistance, where it’s available
This demystifies the whole process and takes some of the uncertainty out of mortgage approval. That way, you can take action with confidence, supported by the team you connected with at the fair. Housing counselors are available in English, Spanish and Creole. Counselors can also offer assistance for military Service Members and Veterans using VA loans.
$50 gift card giveaways every half hour
To give you a little added incentive to stop by, Consolidated Credit is also giving away a $50 gift card every half hour. You just complete the entry form, turn it in and then wait for the drawing every half hour. Drawings start at 10:30.