by Angela Pearson, Green Impact Zone intern

On July 21, Kansas City residents joined the Green Impact Zone for our third annual Urban Homes Tour. The large coach bus was packed full with 43 eager prospective homebuyers. The tour visited homes in the Ivanhoe, Troostwood and Blue Hills neighborhoods. Twana Hall-Scott, assistant director at the Green Impact Zone, narrated the tour and shared news about upcoming developments within the center city area. The guests also visited the Vineyard Neighborhood Association.

Following the tour were educational homebuyer workshops. Representatives from our sponsors — US Bank, Bank of Kansas City and Capitol Federal — spoke to guests about getting loans and explained other financial aspects of the homebuying process.  The Housing Authority of Kansas City, our hosting partner, also shared valuable information. Ten lucky residents each won a $30 discount for the home-ownership counseling class, normally $50, offered by Neighborhood Housing Services.

The tour showed residents that buying a home is a feasible alternative.  Our guests left the Green Impact Zone with a new perspective, more informed and inspired to pursue their dreams of being homeowners.

If you’re thinking about buying a home instead of renting — or even planning now to buy a home in a year or two — our March 3 Homebuyer Information Fair is just what you need. Buying a home is a big step, and many first time homebuyers aren’t sure where to start. We can help put you on the path to home ownership.

Join us on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Green Impact Zone Office, 4600 Paseo, Kansas City, Mo. Meet and get to know the lenders, real estate agents and other service providers who can help you in the homebuying process. You’ll learn what you should look for as you shop for a home, how to apply for a mortgage and much more.

Attend the March 3 workshop and you can also reserve your spot on a tour of homes available for sale in the Green Impact Zone that we’re planning for July.

Call 816-936-8803 to sign up. Please register by March 1. Questions? Contact Twana Hall Scott, tscott@marc.org, 816-936-8802, or Cokethea Hill, chill@marc.org, 816-936-8807. The Homebuyer Information Fair is sponsored by the city of Kansas City, Mo., the Bank of Kansas City, Capitol Federal Savings Bank and U.S. Bank, and hosted by the Green Impact Zone and the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Mo.