Whether you are thinking about buying a home in the District or renting one, you may want to stop by the D.C. Housing Expo at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.for some tips that could help in your search.
The fourth annual event sponsored by the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development will feature more than 70 information booths of real estate agents, financial institutions, mortgage lenders, government agencies and community-based organizations.
There also will be more than a dozen workshops, including “Homeownership 101: The Basics of Searching, Borrowing and Owning.” The English version of that workshop is at 10:30 a.m. in Room 151A. There are also versions of the workshop taught in Amharic (10 a.m., Room 154B), Spanish (1:15 p.m., Room 151A) and Vietnamese (1:15 p.m., Room 154B).
Want to fix up your home? Drop by the “Rehab How To’s” workshop (1:15 p.m., Room 151B) to learn about how to obtain a grant through the Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program or “An Introduction to Building Permits and Safety Codes” (10 a.m., Room 149B).
Renters may want to check out “Legal Tips for Tenants” (10 a.m., Room 154A). The Office of Tenants Advocacy will have attorneys and case managers available to provide legal advice on disputes involving landlords. “What You Need to Know as a Renter” (2:15 p.m., Room 149B) will include a panel discussion by staff members of D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development.
There also will be workshops on financial literacy, solar energy, fair housing and remaining in your home as you age. Special help will be given to those homeowners facing foreclosure.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and DCHCD director John Hall will speak at noon, followed by a motivational talk by Willie Jolley.
For more information, call 202-442-7200 or go to dhcd.dc.gov.