housing fair

DENHAM SPRINGS – Shoppers looking for that first home, those looking to get another home or improve an existing home will be able to find some answers at the Denham Strong Housing Fair this weekend.

The housing fair is open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Denham Springs Freshman High School.

“This fair will address all aspects of homeownership. It will be a family friendly event, with an area outside for the kids,” said Jeanette Clark, community recovery coordinator for Denham Strong, the volunteer group working to help Denham Springs overcome the 2016 flood.

“We will have 34 vendors, food from Longhorn and Duke's Seafood, door prizes and a kids corner,” she said.

The vendors range from federal and state agencies to banks, mortgage companies, home repair businesses and Realtors.

An ASL interpreter also will be on site.

The fair will begin with general sessions on housing topics, then go to smaller breakout sessions.

The topics to be covered are divided into three areas: buy it, fix it and keep it.

“Buy it” topics include how to get started, can you buy a home with no money down, what a home buyer needs to know, buying vs. building.

“Fix it” topics include remodeling, how to obtain permits, common repair issues, and saving money on utilities and energy efficiency.

“Keep it” topics include the benefits of buying vs. renting, home insurance, legal issues and heir property.

Exhibitors have been provided a copy of the Denham Strong Strategy for the Future Long Term Community 2017 Recovery Plan.

The plan also is available at www.denhamstrong.com.

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