Housing fair to help buyers, renters

The annual Springfield/Clark County Housing Fair will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the United Senior Services Pitzer Center, 101 S. Fountain Ave.

The event is free and open to the public to help promote equal housing opportunity.

The fair is designed for residents interested in buying, renting or maintaining housing, according to Nancy Flinchbaugh, the city’s fair housing coordinator. It can also be useful for landlords who may be interested in making improvements to their units.

“We’ve been doing this for many years,” Flinchbaugh said. “It’s a one-stop shop for anyone who has questions about housing.”

The fair also includes booths from several sponsors, including real estate agents, lenders, housing counselors, the Lead Safe Springfield program and consumer credit counselors.

Flinchbaugh said residents have come to the fair over several years and eventually bought a house.

“Right now, you have to have a high credit score to buy a house,” Flinchbaugh said. “It takes some time to get your credit under control.”

It’s also valuable for people in the process of purchasing a home who may want to do to some last-minute things, Flinchbaugh said.

Classes will be held on several topics, including landlord-tenant law, housing loans, improving credit, home repair and buying a house with Habitat for Humanity. The three half-hour sessions will be held from 9:45-10:15 a.m., 10:30-11 a.m. and 11:15-11:45 a.m.

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Door prizes are also available. The auditorium is handicap accessible.

The event is hosted by the city and the Clark County Fair Housing Board.

For more information or to register, call 937-324-7696.

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