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Our newest series of workshops: 360 Road to Homeownership Series, will be a set of virtual information sessions discussing the steps to take to prepare for buying your first home.

Upcoming Sessions

Session 4

Housing Tune-Ups (Maintenance and Care After Ownership)

August 26 from 6pm-7pm

The fourth and final session of our series will cover customizing, upgrading, and maintaining your home. There are some simple and affordable improvements that will increase your home’s livability and property value. We will cover long-term protection of your home and other important homeownership aspects including:

  • Renovations
  • Upgrades to home systems and areas
  • Painting your walls and other cosmetic changes
  • Inspecting and repairing important home infrastructure such as roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems

Past Sessions

Session 1

Credit 101 Quick Stop

May 26, 2021

The first session, held May 26, 2021, focused on discussing how your credit history can be a key factor in qualifying for homeownership, and how to build a credit score that can secure the mortgage you need.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To increase knowledge on personal credit basics, how to clean it up, rebuild it, and protect it going forward.
  • To increase comprehension on how to effectively dispute negative credit items.
  • To provide insider information on how credit bureaus handle and remove items from your credit
  • To review loopholes in the law that you can take advantage of to repair your credit.
  • To provide steps to quickly get 3 good credit lines on your credit profile.

Familiarizing yourself with these business professionals and their roles in the homebuying process will help you make informed decisions when building your team.

Session 2

One-Way to Building the Perfect Team

June 23, 2021, from 6pm-7pm

The second session was held on June 23, 2021, at 6pm CDT. You will learn the importance of building a solid team of business professionals who you will work with on your road to homeownership. This session covered these roles:

  • Real estate agent
  • Broker
  • Lender
  • Inspector

Familiarizing yourself with these business professionals and their roles in the homebuying process will help you make informed decisions when building your team.

Featured Guest Speakers:
Errol Nolan II

Errol Nolan II
Realtor
Jane Byrd Properties International

Ellary Makuch

Ellary Makuch
Non-Profit liaison
City of Houston Housing Community Development

Tania Vazquez

Tania Vazquez
Independent Financial
NMLS # 1703833

Session 3

Road Rules (What to Expect)

July 22 from 6pm-7pm

Our third session was held on July 22 from 6pm-7pm. In this workshop, we discussed the financial responsibilities that come with homeownership and help you make a plan for financial sustainability. You will learn more about these topics:

  • Paying your monthly mortgage payment
  • Annual / monthly property taxes
  • Homeowner’s association fees (if applicable)
  • Homeowner’s insurance
  • Maintaining your home, including repairs and keeping your home exterior within any community guidelines
  • Utility payments
Featured Guest Speakers:
Swanitha Guillory

Swanitha Guillory
Claims Catastrophe Supervisor/Investigator
Licensed in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina State Farm

Mabel Menefee

Mabel Menefee
Communications & Community Relations
Office of the Chief Appraiser - Harris County Appraisal District

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2100 Travis Street, 9th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
832-394-6200
hcdd@houstontx.gov