14th Annual Free Public Event Offers Classes, Coaching and Experts for Renters and First-Time Buyers
Manassas, Va. – RealEstateRama – Renters and first-time buyers looking for housing in Northern Virginia should plan to visit the 2024 Northern Virginia Housing Expo, a regional housing fair, at Charles J. Colgan High School in Manassas on March 23, 2024, from 10 am to 3 pm. The free public event, an initiative of local, state and federal housing agencies and other housing organizations, showcases both first time homeownership and rental opportunities and resources throughout Northern Virginia. Visitors to this entirely free event can speak with experts in the exhibit hall, attend informational workshops and take advantage of individual financial coaching sessions with certified volunteer coaches.
The expo planning committee includes representatives from Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties; the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Manassas Park; Virginia Housing; the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (DC Regional Office); Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®; and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Laura K. Nickle, president of Communi-k, Inc., is the event manager; First Home Alliance of Woodbridge, Va., is the nonprofit fiscal partner for the event.
The expo will feature workshops and exhibits designed to educate attendees about getting and staying creditworthy, first-time buyer programs, rental assistance programs, senior housing resources, reverse mortgages, avoiding foreclosure, and more. Upon arrival, visitors will be able to sign up for 30-minute financial coaching sessions with a trained volunteer from Britepaths, a Fairfax County nonprofit. Available experts in the exhibit hall will include government agencies, nonprofits, mortgage companies, Realtors, settlement agencies, insurance companies, and more.
In addition to the live expo on March 23, the popularity of the online expo the group has hosted since 2020 at novahousingexpo.org continues strong, attracting more than 145,000 visits in 2023. The virtual housing expo features an online exhibit hall, dozens of helpful webinars, a library of videos on specific aspects of the home-buying process, and the opportunity to sign up for free virtual financial coaching with a certified, trained volunteer from Britepaths in either English or Spanish.
Exhibitor spots are still available for the 14th annual expo, which is free to the public thanks to a variety of sponsorships, including funding from: Virginia Housing; the Prince William Office of Housing and Community Development; Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®; Falls Church Department of Human Services; Arlington County Housing Division; Alexandria Office of Housing; Manassas Park Department of Community Services; Loudoun County Department of Housing and Community Development; and the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority. More information about the expo is available online at www.NoVaHousingExpo.org; you can also follow the Northern Virginia Housing Expo on Facebook, Instagram, X and LinkedIn for event updates.
Laura Kregel Nickle