August 2016 Newsletter
Congrats to the Latest Texas Statewide
Homebuyer Education Program Participants
TSAHC would like to congratulate the housing counselors who successfully completed the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program August 22nd - 26th in Houston. The 56 housing counselors pictured above represent 37 organizations in 21 communities across Texas, and we're proud to say that 100% of them would recommend the training to others.

TSAHC partnered with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the state agency legislatively responsible for the program, to provide these courses. Thank you to our hosts, The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - Houston Branch, the education provider, NeighborWorks America, and our below sponsors for making this training a big success.

Thanks to the support of our partners and sponsors, TSAHC was able to subsidize 90% of each counselor’s tuition fees and provide 22 hotel scholarships for counselors traveling from out of town.
Attention Lenders:
Host an "Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle" Course
Increase your business and make quality connections with area Texas REALTORS® by hosting an "Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle" class. TSAHC staff will come to the venue of your choice to teach a class that provides one free TREC-approved mandatory continuing education (MCE) credit to Texas REALTORS®.   

Class covers:

TSAHC's affordable loans with competitive rates for first-time and repeat home buyers
  1. - Free down payment and closing cost assistance grants up to 5% of loan amount
  2. - Home buyer's ability to save up to $2,000 annually in federal tax liability with our MCC program
  3. - Serving new markets, including teachers, police officers, correctional officers, fire fighters, EMS personnel, and veterans
  4. - How to connect with TSAHC-approved lenders, Texas REALTORS® and our housing counseling network
Scheduling a Class: Please follow our guidelines when requesting a class and remember to book early!
  • - Make your request a minimum of a month in advance of the class date.
  • - The one-hour class should be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • - Please do not schedule a class the business day before or after a holiday.
  • - We require a minimum of 20 RSVPs to hold a class.
  • - We provide a personalized flyer to help you advertise the class.
Harlingen Home for Sale 
TSAHC has a home for sale as part of our Affordable Communities of Texas program. We are encouraging REALTORS® and housing partners to help us find a buyer for this wonderful home in Harlingen, Texas.
2402 #5 N. Ed Carey Dr.
Harlingen, Texas

Listed at $85,000

No home buyer restrictions

Property Flier and Video
Calendar of Events
September 6 at 10:00 a.m. - Monthly webinar for REALTORS® and housing counselors on TSAHC Homeownership Programs. Registration

September 7 - 10 - 2016 Texas Association of REALTORS® Conference in Galveston, Texas (Galveston Convention Center). Registration

September 8 - 11 - Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas 40th Anniversary Convention in South Padre Island, Texas (South Padre Island Convention Center). More Information

September 15 - Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle Class for Hispanic Real Estate Brokers Association in Fort Worth, Texas. Registration

September 20 - 21 - Texas Association of REALTORS® United Texas: Housing Initiatives That Work course in Houston, Texas. This four-hour course offered both days is mandatory for REALTORS® earning Texas Affordable Housing Specialist (TAHS) certification. More Information on TAHS Certification

September 24 - 27 - National Council of State Housing Agencies 2016 Annual Conference & Showplace in Miami, Florida (Fontainebleau Miami Beach). More Information

September 30 - REALTOR® RALLY in El Paso, Texas hosted by Greater El Paso Association of REALTORS®. More Information
Below are August 2016 excerpts from On the House, a blog TSAHC launched in 2014 on affordable housing topics. We invite you to drop by On the House as we explore important issues, provide an inside look into our programs, and share other valuable resources.  
Home Buyer Education and Financial Counseling Pay Off

Housing professionals have long professed that home buyer education and counseling create more responsible and financially empowered homeowners. Now, there's ample evidence to support their claims. Research summarized in two recent reports lists the benefits of completing a home buyer education course prior to purchasing a home.

Can Your Housing Situation Affect Your Mental Health?  Studies Say Yes
Health experts and policy makers have known that housing conditions can have a big impact on residents' health and well-being (see our previous blog post here). But in recent years, researchers have focused not only on the connection between physical health and housing, but specifically on the role that housing concerns can have on residents’ mental health.
Good News for Homeowners Drowning in Mortgage Debt
Owning a home is one of the primary ways that many families ensure their housing stability while also building wealth for the future. In the words of HUD Secretary and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro: “Responsible homeownership is about more than contracts, and closings… 
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