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Delivering Holiday Hope: Educating Illinois Homebuyers on IHDA Down Payment Assistance Programs
Enter Christine Ciana Calabrese, an ambitious new real estate broker with Keller Williams Preferred Realty of Orland Park, who has found a way to distribute this IHDA down payment assistance information to these new potential Illinois homebuyers through Facebook.
Calabrese, a recipient herself of the IHDA Welcome Home Illinois program (now unavailable)
So she had an idea: "I said I will just post my personal story on Facebook about receiving $10,500 in IHDA downpayment assistance, and how I was finally able to join the ranks of Illinois homebuyers myself, and I will watch the response." The response was overwhelming. "Hundreds of requests for information began pouring in. Some people started sharing sad stories, while others sent me blessings for spreading this information. It literally brought tears to my eyes."
The IHDA down payment assistance programs come with many attractive components for applicants with credit scores of 630 or better; for example, both the Welcome Home Heroes program (designed for veterans) and the Smart Move program offer thirty-year fixed mortgage rates with up to $10,000 in cash assistance to cover down payments. "That's huge" says Calabrese. "The majority of individuals I speak with (most originating from Facebook) simply don't have thousands in the bank but would otherwise qualify. As long as they have good credit on their side, this IHDA down payment assistance is definitely a game-changer."
"Being able to tell people that they really can purchase homes of their own, knowing that they never imagined that becoming Illinois homebuyers themselves could be a remote possibility, makes me love my job...and with the holidays right around the corner, bringing someone that kind of news, who could think of a better gift?"
For more information, please contact Christine Ciana Calabrese at ChristineCalabrese@
Christine Ciana Calabrese