Folks who are looking to buy or rent a home will be able to find a wealth of information at the Northern Virginia Housing Expo on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria. The free event will have lenders, mortgage experts, government assistance officials, realtors and bank representatives on hand to help with the process. The expo will include dozens of exhibits highlighting home ownership and rental opportunities in Northern Virginia.
Prince William County's Community Planning and Development Division Chief, Joan Duckett, said workshops at the 8th annual expo will help people decide whether renting or buying is their best option. Credit counseling will be available, along with household finance advice to help with the decision making.
Free workshops will include The ABCs of Credit Scores, Finding Rental Assistance, Home Sale Market Overview, Senior Housing Options, Maximizing Energy Efficiency, First-Time Buyer Programs and Household Budgeting and Finance, Condo 101, and others. "The workshops are going to provide information on programs for down payments, closing cost assistance and the process of getting approved. They're going to give information on what is required to buy a home, getting ready to buy a home and a lot more," Duckett said.
People who are thinking about buying a home will be able to talk to participating lenders to determine their best options, Duckett said. "These lenders will have the information there. They won't actually approve them there, but they'll do the pre-qualification."
Government officials at the Expo will be on hand to talk about what programs are available across the region, Duckett said. "They will talk about which programs are opened or closed, if they have waiting lists, and things like that. They will also be talking about transitional housing. The rental portion is also going to give information on rental programs as far as jurisdictions that may have affordable dwelling units for rent."
The Northern Virginia Housing Expo is hosted First Home Alliance in cooperation with the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax and Arlington counties. More information can be found at www.pwcgov.org/housing or www.novahousingexpo.org.