Coastal Housing Partnership Programs Help Ventura County Families Achieve Dreams of Home Ownership

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Ventura County Fire Department Captain’s home purchase is one of the many success stories that makes local nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership proud. 5th Annual Home Buying Fair will help many achieve home buying success.

Coastal Housing Partnership is approachable and makes the idea of buying a home an attainable dream, and not a long drawn-out process.

Anthony Romero, a Ventura County Fire Department Captain thought he would be a renter for the rest of his life. He had been looking for a home since 2005. Today, his home purchase is one of the many success stories local nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership is thrilled to have been a part of. Coastal Housing Partnership’s upcoming 5th Annual Home Buying Fair on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10am to 3pm at the Ventura Beach Marriott will provide attendees with the tools to get on their path to home ownership.

Coastal Housing Partnership has helped thousands become homeowners in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County, including Romero and his wife Monica. The Romeros saw home prices escalate and were continually outbid when they made offers. As their family grew, they almost gave up hope. When Romero found out that his employer provided him a housing benefit through Coastal Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization that helps employees by providing home buying education and assistance with closing costs, the picture became brighter.

Since its inception in 1987, Coastal Housing Partnership has been helping individuals and families with their home buying needs. “I like to say the Coastal Housing Partnership became a beacon of light in the home buying fog that we had experienced,” said Romero. The Romeros attended a Coastal Housing Partnership home buying seminar. Seminars are presented every month by Coastal Housing Partnership Executive Director Corby Gage. “Our goal is to demystify the home buying process and make sure that attendees have the tools they need to take that first step of getting pre-approved by a lender,” explained Gage.

“Coastal Housing Partnership is approachable and makes the idea of buying a home an attainable dream, and not a long drawn-out process.” As a result of the Coastal Housing Partnership programs, the Romero family received a $5000 credit toward closing costs from the builder, in addition to receiving a significant credit from the on-site lender toward closing costs.

This will be the 5th year that Coastal Housing Partnership will host a Home Buying Fair. This event is open to the public to answer home buying questions from individuals and families who are thinking of buying a home. During the fair, attendees will learn about the home buying process and today’s real estate market, get the information and resources to help them save money and make wise decisions, meet with home buying experts, and be able to attend free educational sessions on key aspects of the home buying process and local market conditions. These important educational resources have alleviated the stress of so many Ventura County families interested in becoming homeowners.

“Everything we’ve gotten so far and what we’ve experienced to date feels like a dream come true,” Romero concluded. “It really does.”

Admission for the 5th Annual Home Buying Fair is free for employees of Coastal Housing Partnership members, $5 for adults, and children under 18 are free. The fair will also offer free parking.

To RSVP for the Home Buying Fair, click here. To learn about the Coastal Housing Partnership, click here.

About Coastal Housing Partnership
Coastal Housing Partnership opened its doors nearly 30 years ago in response to the high cost of housing in the region and the resultant challenges employers faced recruiting and retaining employees. Since 1987, Coastal Housing Partnership has helped over 10,000 local employees become homeowners through their education programs and benefits, which are provided through a network of local real estate partners. More than 11,000 tri-county residents have attended Coastal Housing Partnership’s home buying seminars. As a partner with local employers, Coastal Housing helps employers meet the challenge of attracting and retaining employees in a region with some of the highest housing prices in the nation. Membership in Coastal Housing Partnership is open to any employer in Santa Barbara County or Ventura County. http://www.CoastalHousing.org

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