September 2016 Newsletter
Free One-Hour Webinar for Home Buyers on October 26th
Sign up for a FREE consumer webinar on October 26th at noon, and learn everything you need to know about the home buying process. TSAHC staff will go over the 10 steps to  buying a home, including valuable information about grants for down payment assistance and other programs that can help make the dream of homeownership a reality. 
TSAHC Wraps Up Busy Month
September offered many opportunities for TSAHC staff to travel across the state and meet potential home buyers, housing professionals, and industry partners. Here is a recap of where we were.
Texas Association of REALTORS® Conference
TSAHC staff joined REALTORS ® from across the state at their annual conference September 7 - 10 in Galveston to share information about our home buyer programs.
Combined Law Enforcement Officers of Texas Conference 
Texas law enforcement officers met in South Padre Island September 8 - 11, and TSAHC was on hand to provide them details on our Homes for Texas Heroes program.
Hispanic Real Estate Brokers Association 
TSAHC Homeownership Programs Director Joniel Crim presented the "Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle" class to the Hispanic Real Estate Brokers Association in Fort Worth on September 15.
Annual Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness
TSAHC sponsored this event hosted by the Texas Homeless Network that brought together local, state and federal partners September 21 - 23 in Austin to explore solutions and discuss challenges in ending community homelessness.
REALTOR ® Rally - Greater El Paso Association of REALTORS®
TSAHC attended the REALTOR ® Rally in El Paso on September 29 - 30 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Greater El Paso Association of REALTORS ® and share information about our home buyer programs.
Attention Rio Grande Valley REALTORS®:
We Need Your Help 
TSAHC has a home for sale as part of our Affordable Communities of Texas program. We are encouraging REALTORS® and housing partners to help us find a buyer for this wonderful home in Harlingen, Texas.
2402 #5 N. Ed Carey Dr.
Harlingen, Texas

Listed at $85,000

No home buyer restrictions

Property Flier and Video
Upcoming Events
October 4 at 10:00 a.m. - Monthly webinar for REALTORS® and housing counselors on TSAHC Homeownership Programs. Registration

October 11 at 11:30 a.m. - Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle Class in Irving, Texas More Information and Registration

October 12 - 2016 Texas Community Economic Development Policy Summit hosted by Texas Association of Community Development Corporations and sponsored by TSAHC in Austin, Texas (Texas Capitol, Legislative Conference Center E2.002) More Information and Registration

October 13 - Access to Affordable Mortgage Credit Forum hosted by Alliance for Economic Inclusion in Austin, Texas (2525 W. Anderson Lane, #365) More Information and Registration

October 19 - ABoR Realty Round Up 2016 hosted by Austin Board of REALTORS® in Austin, Texas (Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road) More Information and Registration

October 26 at noon - FREE One-Hour Webinar for Consumers: Learn the 10 Steps to Buying a Home.  More Information and Registration

October 27 at 9:30 a.m. - Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle Class in Houston, Texas More Information and Registration

November 17 - Housing + Health Summit hosted by HousingWorks Austin in Austin, Texas (JW Marriott, 110 E. 2nd Street) More Information and Registration

November 18 - Housing America's Families Forum hosted by The Terwilliger Foundation in Dallas, Texas (George W. Bush Institute, 2943 SMU Boulevard) More Information and Registration

Below are September 2016 excerpts from On the House, a blog TSAHC launched in 2014 on affordable housing topics. We invite you to drop by On the House as we explore important issues, provide an inside look into our programs, and share other valuable resources.  
Preservation Versus New Construction - Why Not Both?
Recent data leaves little doubt that Texas faces a shortage of affordable housing. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates the state needs 595,231 more affordable units to address the needs of renters earning up to 30% of the area median income.
Need Help with Your Down Payment? Consider a Matched Savings Program
Do you want to buy a home, but you're worried you don't have enough for the down payment?  You’re in good company.  Numerous studies, including this 2016 Trulia survey, found that most American households consider the down payment to be the largest obstacle preventing them from buying a home.
Understanding the Eviction Process
In his best-selling book Evicted released earlier this year, author and sociologist Matthew Desmond recounts the distressing stories of tenants struggling to pay rent and dealing with the consequences. Desmond notes that nationally, nearly one in eight low-income families was unable to pay all of its rent.
Remodeling Projects: Which Ones Are Worth the Investment?
One of the most exciting things about buying a home is that you can make it your own.  From the paint colors to the floor plan, owning a home gives you the ability to customize everything to fit your specific wants and needs. As an added benefit, many improvements add value to your home, helping you protect and grow your investment.
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