Albuquerque, Jun 12, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner and national housing administrator Tammye Treviño traveled to Santa Rosa and Tucumcari today to participate in the National Homeownership Month celebration. The visits were some of the numerous events being held across New Mexico and the nation throughout the month of June (see attached listing).
National Homeownership Month is celebrated to bring attention to homeownership and its advantages. The celebration is also used to honor those that have become new homeowners and to give recognition to those that work to help people reach their dream of homeownership.
Planned by the homeownership coalition made up by USDA Rural Development the Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) and the REALTORS® Association of New Mexico (RANM) the events are designed to educate the public about the rewards of homeownership.
In Santa Rosa, Ms. Trinnie Rodarte a single mom of four was honored because of her hard work to become a homeowner. During the event, Ms. Rodarte was given a U.S. flag to fly on her new home to celebrate her new status as a ‘homeowner’. Mr. Leonard Yee the general manager of Oakwood home in Las Vegas, New Mexico was also honored during the ceremony with a certificate of appreciation for his support of USDA housing programs.
In Tucumcari Francisco and Keren Martinez were also honored with a U.S. flag for becoming the newest homeowners in that community. The Martinez’s are also a good example of a family that worked hard to purchase their three bedroom well built brick home. Also, during that celebration local realtor Mickey Trousdale was given a certificate of appreciation also because of his many years of work to provide homeownership to the residents of eastern New Mexico.
When asked why homeownership is being celebrated Brunner responded by saying, “Now is a great time to purchase a home because mortgage interest rates are at or near historic lows and home prices are as affordable as they have been in nearly a generation. And, we know people are taking advantage of the opportunity to purchase a home because USDA Rural Development Guaranteed loans are up 20 percent over last year.
Administrator Treviño agreed by saying, “This is a great time to buy a home-- Interest rates are at or near record lows, and housing prices are more affordable than they’ve been in nearly a generation. The Obama Administration housing’s policies are helping to strengthen communities and driving the nation’s ongoing economic recovery forward.”
National Homeownership Month began in 1997 as a challenge to increase the number of homeowners throughout the United States. Government studies have shown that homeownership is a key element in the nation’s economy with the housing industry accounting for about 15 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in a typical year. Studies also show that neighborhoods are strengthened when there is a higher percentage of homeownership. Homeowners are proven to be more active in their neighborhoods, they contribute more to their communities and a more stable environment for families is created.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov
2012 Homeownership Month Event Listing and Overview
June 1, 2012 10:00 AM Albuquerque, NM –Homeownership Month Kick Off news conference at MFA office located at Mortgage Finance Authority offices at 344 4th Street, NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
June 4, 2012 Acoma Pueblo, NM 9:00 AM –Certificate of appreciation event to honor Robin Clemons and Sara Shultz at Pueblo of Acoma Senior Services for their work to help the elderly people of Acoma Pueblo get their homes repaired by using USDA Rural Development’s rehabilitation program. Event will take place at the Acoma Pueblo Senior Center located at: 70 Pinsibaari Drive, Acoma, N.M. 87034. Then there will be a tour of David Garcia’s home to see the repairs that were done to it. Then there will be a second tour of Josephita Ray’s home which is under construction. Both used RD- 504 Grant funds for the rehabilitation.
June 4, 2012 Gallup, NM, 12:00 Noon –Realtors Association of New Mexico (RANM) caravan luncheon and training session will be a program presentation event where USDA Staff will provide information to local realtors about the housing programs offered by USDA Rural Development. The event will take place at Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E. Highway 66, Gallup, NM. (Please notify the Realtors Association of NM (RANM) if you plan on attending.)
June 8, 2012 Ruidoso, NM, 12:00 Noon --Realtors Association of New Mexico (RANM) caravan luncheon and training session will take place at the Cree Meadows Country Club, 301 Country Club Road, Ruidoso, NM. USDA Staff will provide information to local realtors about the housing programs offered by USDA Rural Development. During the luncheon Mr. Nathan Thomas a local mortgage lender will be given a certificate of appreciation for his work to provide home loans to those living in the Ruidoso, NM. (Please notify the Realtors Association of NM (RANM) if you plan on attending.)
June 12, 2012 Santa Rosa, NM 9:00 AM State Director Terry Brunner and RD Housing Administrator Tammye Treviño will present new homeowner Trinnie Rodarte with an American flag, also at the ceremony they will present a certificate of appreciation to Mr. Leonard Yee of Oakwood Homes for his work in providing housing to residents in the Santa Rosa Area. The event will take place at Ms. Rodarte’s home located at: 787 Las Lomitas, Santa Rosa, NM 88435.
June 12, 2012 Tucumcari, NM 1:30 PM State Director Terry Brunner and RD Housing Administrator Tammye Treviño will present new homeowners Francisco and Keren Martinez of Tucumcari with an American flag. Also, Mr. Mickey Trousdale of Trousdale Real Estate will be given a certificate of appreciation because of his work to provide housing using USDA Rural Development housing programs. The event will take place at the Martinez residence located at: 1111 South 1st Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401
June 19, 2012 Anthony, NM 1:00 PM Multi-Family Housing Site Manger of the year award will be given to an area site manager. The event will include testimony from tenants and owners. The event will take place at the Franklin Vista V Apartment complex located at 505-Curry Court, in Anthony, NM 88021.
June 20, 2012 Deming, NM, 9:00 AM --Homeownership Month event to honor SW Regional Housing and Community Development and a local mortgage lender for their work in the housing industry. The event may be in conjunction with a USDA StrikeForce resource workshop where residents will be able to talk to staff about home loans and possibly get their credit rating checked also they will be able to get information and applications of rehabilitation financing. The resource fair will be held in conjunction with partners who can help with applications and homebuyer education. The event will take place at the Mimbres Valley Special Events Center located at 2300 East Pine Street, Deming, New Mexico 88031.