Workshop to help those in search of affordable housing
It will also include advice for first-time home buyers
May 12, 2017
Scott Loomis observed a wall-to-wall crowd on Monday in a room at the Park City Board of Realtors' office.
He said some, unable to squish into a space meant to fit 40 people, had to stay in the hallway. All were there to attend a workshop that covered Park City's affordable housing options.
"There's a lot of people that are interested in homeownership here," said Loomis, executive director of Mountainlands Community Housing Trust. "There has been no affordable housing here. The biggest benefit they can get right now is to find out if there is anything available."
Loomis gave a presentation on the home-buying process at Monday's workshop — which was hosted by the Board of Realtors, Mountainlands, Park City Municipal, and Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties.
And he plans to offer the same advice at a second affordable housing workshop, titled Homeownership 101, scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the Board of Realtors' office at 1889 Prospector Ave.
Loomis expects the event will have a similar turnout, adding space is limited. Those who would like to attend need to RSVP by calling the Board of Realtors at 435-200-6900.
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"I'll be talking mostly about deed restrictions and some of the qualifications for affordable housing," Loomis said.
The executive director will also give information on the 30 for-sale townhomes Mountainlands is constructing at the Silver Creek Village this summer.
Loomis added representatives from Park City Municipal will be there to discuss what the government calls an aggressive housing plan that involves developing a series of City Hall-controlled properties along the lower Park Avenue corridor.
Habitat for Humanity will also give a presentation, as will the Board of Realtors.
"There will be some explanations of some of the terms that are used in affordable housing and housing in general," Loomis said. "There will also be a presentation by the Board of Realtors on what a Realtor can do to help you."
Other information that will be provided includes credit scores, mortgages and budgeting.
"We're wanting to give advice to people that are interested in homeownership and to share the opportunities that are becoming available," Loomis said. "We're kind of educating them on the process of purchasing a home and the ins and outs of what homeownership is all about, and on what it takes to obtain a mortgage and find financing."
Loomis added the four entities teamed up in years past for similar workshops. But available housing has been sparse the last few years, which is why the team hasn't annually held affordable housing workshops.
"Mountainlands did this for a number of years, probably 12 or 13 years, with these groups," Loomis said. "We haven't had opportunities for quite a while, primarily because there hasn't been housing available.
"We could have talked about homeownership, but there wasn't anything for people to purchase, other than an occasional resale. But we all meet on a regular basis and talk on a regular basis, and we thought this would be a good time to get the word out about the opportunities that are coming."
The Homeownership 101 workshop — hosted by Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, Park City Municipal, the Board of Realtors, and Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties — is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the Park City Board of Realtors' office, located at 1889 Prospector Ave. Space for the workshop is limited. Call 435-200-6900 to RSVP and visit http://www.parkcityrealtors.com for information.