When Carlos was growing up, his family didn’t own a home. So when he had children, he wanted to create a different experience for them. “I always wanted a place where they could live and be comfortable,” he says.
Since he didn’t have experience with homeownership, Carlos needed a crash course in the homebuying process. He got that from HomeFree-USA
“My Homeownership Advisor Freda Williams coached me from day one to day 365,” he says. “I went to see her almost every week for about a year. She never complained. She never canceled. She instructed me and guided me very patiently like a family member would. That was the key ingredient to this whole process for me.”
The experience also taught Carlos to be patient, read as much about the homeownership process as possible and have faith. He also has advice for other homebuyers: “Save as much money as possible,” he says. Having extra money on hand will enable you to be prepared for unexpected expenses that may crop up.
Now that Carlos is a homeowner, he is most proud of the sense of stability he is able to pass down to his children. “My daughter is home with me right now, so it's a surreal feeling. I feel like I've been given a gift.”