Bergen County Officials, along with the Bergen County Division of Community Development, held its 23rd Annual Homeownership Fair on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton Hotel. Approximately 400 people attended the event, many of them looking for information on homeownership. The fair is a one stop event that educates potential home buyers and current homeowners on all the parts of the homeownership process.About 40 Exhibitors took part in this year’s fair, including local realtors, banks, mortgage companies, credit counselors, home inspectors, and other experts. The Exhibitors were available to answer questions ranging from how to obtain a mortgage all the way through to the steps needed to maintain and improve a new home once purchased. Representatives from the Bergen County Homeownership Center were present to familiarize fair attendees with their programs that provide down payment assistance and deferred payment loans for qualified first time homebuyers and deferred payment home improvement loans for qualified home owners.
Hands-on workshops were held throughout the day with topics that included: “The ABCs of Home Ownership;” “The American Dream First Time Homebuyer Program;” “How to Work with a Realtor” (English and Spanish); “The ABCs of Closing on Your New Home” (English and Spanish); “Getting Financially Fit for Homeownership;” The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency; “Home Inspection;” and “Fair Housing Issues”.
In addition to the Bergen County Division of Community Development, the fair was sponsored by Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Bogota Savings Bank, Cardinal Financial Company, NVE Bank, Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation, Spencer Savings Bank, TD Bank, and Lakeland Bank, along with community support from Greater Bergen Community Action and the Fair Housing Council of Northern NJ.
Pictured from left to right are India Delgado of Lakeland Bank, Bergen County Homeownership Center Director Jacqueline Atkins, Bergen County Freeholder David L. Ganz, Laura Ferrera, Lakeland Bank, Bergen County Community Development Director Robert Esposito, Freeholder Vice-Chair Mary J. Amoroso, Freeholder Thomas J. Sullivan, and Roxanne Camejo, Lakeland Bank.