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Homeownership Fair to educate folks on buying

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A free, one stop Homeownership Fair designed for first time home buyers was held in Yakima Saturday.
Organizations from around the valley gathered to help those looking into buying their own home.

Home sales in Yakima jumped about 9% in August, and realtors expected the growth the continue.

A number of organizations gathered at the Southeast Community Center to provide information to those thinking about buying.

Several realtors, banks, and even the US Department of Housing and Urban Development came out to talk to folks.

There was also many bilingual experts on hand to give Spanish speakers the ability to receive the information as well.

Those involved in the fair say it's a much needed event, informing people about home buying so they can make responsible choices.

"I think this is a great event in that it provides good information, clear information for folks who may want to buy their first home," said Mario Villaneuva, State Director of the USDA, Rural Development.

Organizers were expecting to see over 600 people throughout the day today for the various workshops offered both in English and in Spanish.

The event was put on by several different organizations including Catholic Charities Housing Service, Radio KDNA, and many others.