The city of Andover seems to understand what is necessary to promote their city. This past weekend they helped sponsor a community wide, real estate open house. This is a great way to encourage people to buy a home in their city. It helps the city to get residents to move in and it helps those that are trying to sell their homes.
I would like to see the city of Columbia Heights do something similar but include the ‘Make Heights Your Home’ promotion. This is the loan/grant program that they are starting here that encourages home ownership in Columbia Heights. Combine this with the first time home buyers program, and other loans/grants that available to home buyers we could put together a great package for buyers that are looking. What real estate agent wouldn’t want some help selling a home? It would also be a good time to incorporate links to reputable finance options, banks, mortgage companies. We could also get local hardware stores and paint stores to through in ideas for fixing up any purchases. This would be a ‘win-win’ situation for everyone. It would need to be done soon because some grants will be done by November.