How Kriss bought her first home at age 59!


How I Bought the First Home
I Have Ever Owned, at Age 59!

Pam, Kriss and Kelly in front of Kriss' new home

I’ve worked hard all my life but I felt I had nothing tangible to show for all that hard work. My husband died suddenly and I found myself living with my sister. Plus I had a 14 year old Lhasa Apso to provide for. I found a new career and went looking for a place to rent. Did you know that if you have a dog landlords say “NO’ or charge you horrible fees?

Not being able to even consider giving up my doggie, I thought maybe I could buy a second hand trailer in a 55+ mobile home park.
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David’s Advice for Homebuying Success


Dream$avers Individual Development Accounts
Helped Me to Make Saving Money a Habit

 David standing outside his home.

The first bit of advice I would give to anyone who has a dream of buying a home is to give money towards that goal, no matter how hard it gets. Stick with it!

Putting money in savings should be no different than paying a monthly bill or the habit of brushing your teeth. Do it regularly.
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New Home in Historic District Purchased by Young Veteran Family

Family Buys One of Two New Homes, the First Built in the Neighborhood in 50 Years

NeighborWorks Umpqua (NWU) has just built and sold two new homesVeteran Family in the historic Mill-Pine neighborhood. These are the first new homes built in the neighborhood in more than 50 years. The new homes were built next to a 70-year old house that NWU moved from a nearby Umpqua Dairy property and expanded, substantially increasing its size.

Army Veteran Brian and his family will be moving in within the month. Brian, Trinity, and their two sons, Kamdenn 6, and Holton, 2, are excited about all the space in their brand new 1344 square foot home after living in a singlewide mobile home.

Holton and Kamdenn ride dad’s feet down the hallway

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From Burn it Down to Safe and Sound


How Wells Fargo’s Funding Helped One Family Save Their Home

Katherine and Mitch knew the house would need some work — a new kitchen, a paint job, maybe some minor siding repair — but the price was right, the location too, and Mitch is a handy guy. The pre-purchase inspection showed no major problemOdom 1s and the appraisal looked good. They bought it.

Six months later, things had gotten out of hand. The more Mitch looked, the more problems he found. Exterior skirting hid major structural rot and insect damage on several walls, and when he began repairing the basement ceiling, he found massive support beams that had been cut and chopped in dangerous and destabilizing ways.


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Wells Fargo “Safe and Sound” Grant Helps South Coast Family Replace Old Manufactured Home

Robert and Celeste bought their home in Brookings, Oregon 20 years ago, intending to replace their 1977 single-wide with a new manufactured home shortly after they moved in. In the way such things sometimes go, however, this didn’t happen — and over time, the ’77 began to deteriorate. The roof started to leak, the heat went out and the flooring began to rot. Robert suffered from a work-related injury and began struggling with the rickety front steps. The annual ritual of preparing the old tin roof for winter rain also became impossibly difficult. Estimates for comprehensive repairs far exceeded the market value of the home.

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