As we begin 2019, the Duke Homebuyers Club is preparing for its first meeting of the year.
The club, originally founded in 2013, is a free resource that connects Duke employees and their families with resources to prepare them for first-time home ownership. The club offers network of support for members as they navigate the home buying process.
“The Homebuyers Club is open to all Duke employees” said Mayme Webb-Bledsoe, Senior Neighborhood Coordinator at Duke’s Office for Durham Affairs. “You and your significant others are welcome to attend. You can bring your children, we are very friendly in terms of trying to provide the kind of support that you would need to learn about how to buy a new home.”
Each session will focus on topics such as building credit and savings, working with realtors and contractors, and preparing a budget. Members will also learn about opportunities for individual counseling, down payment assistance and other funds with community partners like SunTrust Banking, Community Empowerment Fund and Reinvestment Partners.
“It’s not just the knowledge but you get you know everybody that has been in the program.” said Stacie Daye, a Homebuyers Club alumna, “To people that are just starting out, me as a veteran, I can tell them ‘just hold on, you’re going to make it, don’t break down, don’t freak out,’ just like when I was a newbie and some veteran came and said ‘It’s okay, you’re going to make it.”
The class meets at the Lyon Park Center on the second Thursday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. The Lyon Park Center is located at 1309 Halley Street, Durham, NC 27707.