carla burgess- outside her homeA resident of Montclair since 1965, she had been talking about buying a home for years but delayed, “putting my words into action,” she said. In October, 2009 she finally consulted a realtor but wanted additional information. Ms. Burgess has known about HOMECorp from her friend HOMECorp property manager,

Barbara Brown, and also from her father, Carl Blyden, a long-time parishioner at St. Peter Claver Church. Both had urged her to use HOMECorp’s first-time homebuyer’s services. So finally she did.

One cold Saturday in early January, Ms. Burgess and around 20 other prospective homebuyers spent a good part of the day in the United Way building hearing from bank representatives, realtors, an attorney and a credit counselor. Seminar topics included “Preparing Financially for Home Ownership”, “Obtaining a Mortgage”, “Shopping For a Home”, “Closing” and “Life as a Homeowner”. “The information they shared really opened my eyes.” she said. “And by the way, the food was great!”

Ms. Burgess, an associate project manager at ATT in Bedminster and an independent business owner with Primerica Financial Services, understood that home buying was a big step and had taken the action to finally achieve her dream. But the HOMECorp seminar confirmed that the steps she was taking helped her become a more informed buyer. “While I was already in the process when I took this class, all of the speakers were filled with a wealth of practical information that assisted me and continues to assist as I travel on this journey from home buyer to home ownership.” She is also pleased with the certificate that she earned by attending the workshop. “It indicates to anyone that you have done your homework.”

“I thank [the entire HOMECorp team] from the depth of my heart not only for what you have done for me, yet for what I know that you all do for others through the community. It is a blessing.”

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