January 2016 Newsletter
Your 10 Steps to Buying a Home

If your 2016 New Year's resolution is to buy a home, Realtor.comŪ's #1 recommendation is to start the process early in the year.

Their reasoning is this: after comparing the number of listings to the number of home buyers, they found that buyers who start their search in January or February face less competition with nearly the same number of homes.

Buying a home can be a very complicated process, so TSAHC has created a checklist
to help you determine if you are ready to buy a home. By following this checklist, you can be prepared to act when the perfect home comes along.

Attention lenders and REALTORSŪ: We invite you to co-brand this brochure by downloading this version and adding your contact information and logo to the bottom of it.

Click here for details about each of the 10 steps to buying a home.  
TSAHC Hits the Road to Present Checks
for Texas Foundations Fund Grants

TSAHC organized a series of check presentations beginning in January 2016 with our
nonprofit partners to highlight the good work our partners are able to accomplish with their Texas Foundations Fund grants.

We invited public officials, members of our Board of Dire
ctors and Advisory Council, and local media to participate in the check presentations to help raise awareness for our partners' programs within their communities. 

To date, TSAHC has held check presentation events at Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County; Tarrant County Samaritan Housing; My Father's House Lubbock; Motivation, Education & Training, Inc., and Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living

Click here for more details about our January 2016 check presentations.

Recent Grants and Donations to Support TSAHC

TSAHC would like to recognize the following organizations and individual for supporting our mission to provide safe, decent, affordable housing for all Texans.   

JPMorgan Chase 
$20,000 grant to support the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program training in August 2016.

Texas Financial Education Endowment

$32,000 grant to support Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program training in 2016 and 2017.

Trademark Media
$1,000 contribution to support the Texas Financial Toolbox

Kim Le
wis, TSAHC Approved Lender at Mortgage Financial Services
$200 co
ntribution to support the Texas Financial Toolbox

Two Affordable Communities of Texas-Veteran Homes
Now Available for First Responders

TSAHC has two ACT-Veteran properties that are available at a discounted rate of 25% off the listing price to veterans or first responders who are disabled and/or low-to-moderate income. Additionally, the homes are available without a discount to individuals and families who earn 80% or below the median family income. TSAHC encourages REALTORSŪ and housing partners to share the properties listed below with individuals who may qualify.    

109 Seaman Drive
Silsbee, Texas

Property Flier
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2405 #5 N. Ed Carey Drive
Harlingen, Texas

Property Flier
Property Video

TSAHC Issues Request for Proposals for
Development Partnership in Plano, Texas 

On December 14, 2015, TSAHC issued a  Request for Proposals (RFP) for developers to assist with the redevelopment of an affordable housing site in Plano, Texas. This RFP and all associated agreements will be administered under TSAHC's Affordable Communities of Texas (ACT) land banking program.  

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 10, 2016. If you have questions about the ACT Program, the information requested in this application, or the project site, please call David Danenfelzer at 512-477-3562 or email your questions to ACTinfo@tsahc.org.  
Below are January 2016 excerpts from On The House, a weekly blog TSAHC launched in 2014 on affordable housing topics. We invite you to drop by On The House each week as we explore important issues, provide an inside look into our programs, and share other valuable resources. Click here to sign up to receive the blog.

Creating Communities in Affordable Housing Developments

Simply building affordable housing is a laudable goal, but community housing organizations and developers are increasingly looking for ways to create vibrant communities in affordable housing developments.  So, what can community builders and developers do to actively transform an affordable housing development into a community?

Finding the Right Counselor to Meet Your Housing and Financial Goals  

Whether your goal is to buy a home, improve your financial management skills, decrease your debt, or increase your savings, nonprofit housing and financial counselors can be a great resource to help you make progress toward your goal in the New Year. For this week's blog post, we want to help you navigate the different types of counseling and find the one that's right for you.

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Federal Housing Protections for Service and Assistance Animals
For people with disabilities, service and assistance animals can be a necessity to help them manage their disability and improve their overall safety and quality of life.  It is therefore very important that anyone with a disability be able to own a service or assistance animal if they need one, regardless of their current housing situation.  

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