Prince George's County's 2015 Housing Fair

 Hello Friends,  


     I hope your summer is going well.  I wanted to bring your attention to the Housing Fair being held on Saturday, June 13th at the Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. 


     The County News Release is re-posted below detailing the seminar topics which include "What to do if your house is underwater"  among other subjects.  There is also a flyer from the Maryland Department of Housing which will be in attendance to discuss Foreclosure issues.  Their flyer contains additional information on experts attending and topics which will be discussed. 


      I hope you find this information helpful.  Please feel free to contact me at or at 301-858-3101 if you have questions regarding this or any other area of concern you would like to share.



Prince George's County Kicks Off Its 2015

 "Ask the Experts" Panel Discussion and Tour County's First Net Zero Energy Home


Largo, MD --- On Saturday, June 13, 2015, The Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host the 2015 Housing Fair, entitled, "Prince George's County: A Great Place to Live!" The Housing Fair will take place at the Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


"We've got some exciting new features at this year's Housing Fair," said Eric C. Brown, Director of the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Economic Development.  "Whether you're a homeowner or looking to purchase a home, there is information here for everyone."


The Housing Fair will start with a panel discussion entitled, "Ask the Experts."  The discussion will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last for 90 minutes.  The topics will include:  Understanding the Value of Your Home and Knowing Your Options if Your House is "Underwater."  Three long-time housing experts will be guest panelists:  Desiree Callender, President of the Prince George's County Association of Realtors; Shannon Porter, Assistant Supervisor of the Prince George's County Office of Assessment; and Lisa McDougal, Certified HUD Housing Counselor and Executive Director of SEED - Sowing Empowerment for Economic Development.  Homeowners are encouraged to attend this discussion and receive free expert advice on the value of their home and what options are available if their house is underwater or if the home owner is facing foreclosure.


At 11:00 a.m. a free shuttle bus will take housing fair attendees on a tour of the County's first Net Zero Energy Home.  The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County remodeled this one-of-a-kind, 100 year-old home, designed to provide superior energy savings, water efficiency and a healthy living environment.  The home produces as much energy as it consumes, minimizing the utility bill to virtually zero.  The house meets Energy Star and LEED Platinum Standards.  During the tour, visitors will see why this home has been selected as a 2015 Green Build Offsite Educational Tour Site by Green Build International Conference and Expo.

Housing Fair attendees will have an opportunity to meet with housing industry professionals, such as mortgage lenders, realtors, rental property managers, housing counselors, banks, non-profit organizations and various government agencies. The Fair will also include workshops on financial literacy, avoiding housing scams, first-time home buyer programs, managing your money and more. The MD Department of Housing and Community Development will facilitate an opportunity for major mortgage bank service's to discuss options with home buyers trying to avoid foreclosure. 


For more information on the 2015 Housing Fair visit the Prince George's County website:




By Authority of Friends for Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Elizabeth Ryan, Treasurer