Member Spotlight: Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership

Latoya in her new home. (cred: Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership)

“I’m so in love with my house.”

When Latoya’s friend Tara told her that she had an extra seat in Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership‘s Home Buyers Class, she decided to come along even though, at the time, she wasn’t thinking much about buying a home. Tara was ahead of her in the home buying process and when she saw the success she was having after taking the class, Latoya felt inspired to do it herself.

Latoya decided she was tired of renting and ready to buy a home herself. She took the classes very seriously. Being the first person in her immediate family to buy a home was a big deal and something she wanted to do for herself and her children. When looking back, she says “Everything I learned was crucial. I’ve been a student for a long time and I’ve never learned as much in one class as I did taking this course.” She benefited most from the real-life examples the class provided and meeting the real estate professionals face to face.

After the class, she felt confident to start the process. She scheduled a readiness assessment with counselor Ed Alcantara. Latoya appreciated that he “went above and beyond to help create a plan for [her].”

Latoya looked at 30 houses and made three offers before she found her dream home, and she wouldn’t have done anything differently. After taking the course, she said, “I don’t think I could have made such a smart decision without the confidence I gained from MVHP’s staff and class.”

At the closing meeting, Latoya was so excited to start life in her new home, she ran out before she even finished signing. As soon as the keys touched her hand, she was ready to start the next chapter in her life.

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