By Jack Rogers, Sr.
Coming together is a beginning
Keeping together is progress
Working together is success
In 1985 in the basement of the Town Hall of West Rutland, Vermont an organization known as Rutland West was born. Its mission was to revitalize four communities: Fair Haven, Castleton, West Rutland and Rutland.
From that early beginning emerged NeighborWorks of Western Vermont which now serves three Vermont Counties: Addison, Bennington, and Rutland. The organization promotes safe, efficient and affordable housing, and community projects through education, technical assistance and financial services.
Neighbor Works of Western Vermont offers all types of services involving home ownership, financial stability, home improvement, a full service real estate agency, foreclosure intervention, expanded lending services, home rehab program, the heat squad, and community development.
For example, if due to some unfortunate event you’re facing foreclosure on your home, call the agency and they will help resolve your problem with the lending institution. The fee is just $75 for you to take two online classes. One on one coaching is included at no additional charge. Someone who asks for help is three times more likely to resolve their problem and save their home.
Their expanded lending program provides monies for down payments and closing costs to assist in purchasing a home. Loans are also available for home improvements such as insulation and safety issues.
NeighborWorks Realty is a new fully licensed and managed agency with membership in the Realtors and the Multiple Listing Service that allows their customers expanded access to the purchase and sale of real estate with a particular interest in brokerage for buyers. The office can also help those people who wish to downsize from the big four bedroom two-story to a smaller and more energy efficient one-story living.
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont also offers a Homebuyers Workshop. This eight hour course is offered several times a year to give the potential homeowner the tools to make an informed decision on home ownership. The course is taught by a group of trained professionals in the field of home ownership. The course is open to everyone and cost a mere $99 per household.
NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad helps homeowners to complete home energy improvements. Energy Audits as well as financing and project management are available to all who qualify.
In summary, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont does make dreams come true, huge problems solvable, and the organization serves all that contact them. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid to discuss your home ownership or desire to own a home with them. They have 22 trained professionals here to help you if they can. They also have two Americorps folks on staff. They are still in West Rutland but their growth has allowed them to acquire and completely renovate two buildings on Marble St. Their main location is at 110 Marble St., West Rutland, VT.
Take the first step. Call them at 802-438-2303.
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