CHATHAM — Chicago natives Anton and Anthony Downing from HGTV’s “Double Down” will be on hand to meet potential homebuyers on the South Side this weekend.
The 15th Annual Greater Chatham Home Expo kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tuley Park Field House, 501 East 90th St., and runs until 1 p.m. The free event is open to the public.
There will be home tours available, and attendees will have the option of checking out several workshops on homeownership, home repair, property tax relief and foreclosure prevention.
The event is sponsored by the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, a nonprofit that helps aspiring homeowners buy and keep their homes.
“We’re trying to bring vendors together for existing homeowners and those looking to buy,” said Eli Washington, Chairman of the Chesterfield Community Council. “One of the best programs we’ll have is one from the Cook County Land Bank Authority, which acquires abandoned or foreclosed homes and put them back on the market. They’re not tying to make a profit off of them, they’re just putting them back on the market. If someone is interested in buying a property, or if they’re an investor looking for an opportunity, it’s perfect.”
The Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) will also be on hand to connect homeowners with weatherization and home repair options. Representatives from ComEd and Peoples Gas will also be on hand to answer questions and offer energy-saving tips while a DJ from WKKC (Kennedy-King College’s radio station) will be spinning the tunes.
The Chicago Bungalow Association will be hosting a seminar on dormers (a roofed window structure that is part of the classic bungalow design), and Judge Marian Perkins will be talking to homeowners about foreclosure prevention. (Illinois has the fourth-highest foreclosure rate in the country.)
“A lot of times when people drive through various communities and see houses that are really dilapidated they don’t know about the programs and services that are out there to help them,” Washington said.
Attendees will also be able to enter for a chance to win a 43-inch flatscreen television and learn about loan modification from radio personality A.C. Green.
“It’s going to be a dynamic event and we’re looking forward to it,” Washington said.
For more information about the expo, call 773-651-3858 or visit www.chesterfieldcommunitycouncil.org.
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