Kingdra Brandon, a single mom of three, used to think how nice it would be to have her own dream home as she delivered mail for the U.S. Postal Service to other people's houses. But no more.
"I had been struggling to save for a down payment," she said. "I was starting to think the dream of buying a home was slipping out of reach, until I heard about NeighborhoodLIFT. I bought my house thanks to LIFT. Now when I deliver mail, I no longer dream about what it would be like to own a home. My family gets to live that dream every day."
Brandon now lives in the historic Capitol View neighborhood, and others will get the chance to find their own dream homes in the area, possibly with the help from NeighborhoodLIFT, during the "Committed to Communities" open house event on Saturday, March 30.
The free, family-friendly house tour will feature homes in Capitol View and surrounding neighborhoods located in southwest Atlanta – primarily in the 30310 zip code. This zip code -- once home to high rates of foreclosure and mortgage fraud – is on the rebound as homeownership rises. Capitol View, established over 100 years ago in 1912, is in the shadow of downtown Atlanta and borders the Atlanta Beltline.
Already, over 160 families have purchased homes in the city of Atlanta with $15,000 down payment assistance grants from the NeighborhoodLIFT program. Several million dollars are still available. Those qualifying must buy and live in a home in the city of
Atlanta and meet requirements including a maximum income of 120 percent of the Atlanta area median income, which is
$79,550 for a family of four.
This will be the second "Committed to Communities" event of 2013. The event is hosted by The Beltline Team of Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants and EpiCity. The theme this year is "Resolution 2013 – Own It!" Brandon and her family are one of The Beltline Team's success stories.
Those taking part in the March 30 event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will find homes ranging from $35,000 to $225,000 in quaint communities filled with residents committed to strengthening and stabilizing their neighborhoods. Attendees will tour homes for sale; talk with builders, lenders, real estate professionals, and housing counseling agencies; enjoy refreshments; and meet families who call these communities home.
Derrick Duckworth, a REALTOR® who started the open house events more than two years ago, said, "The excitement I see in the eyes of interested buyers as they visit the 'Committed to Communities' homes and tour the neighborhoods is just priceless."
Resources for Residents and Communities (RRC) and Invest Atlanta are administering the NeighborhoodLIFT program, which is funded by Wells Fargo.