An event in Brooklyn next week will give homeowners get free information and advice on a host of mortgage and housing issues. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.
If you are having a housing or mortgage issue, an event is being held in Brooklyn on Monday that could help resolve your problem on the spot.
“There will be a unique opportunity for homeowners to sit down face-to-face with their lender or a nonprofit counselor to work through any sort of problem they would have on their mortgage," says Eric Selk, the deputy director of HOPE NOW. "It could be a modification, a refinance, could be a short sale."
HOPE NOW, an alliance that brings together lenders, counselors, housing non-profits and other home-related resources, is running the event. At the event, homeowners looking for any sort of guidance can cut through the red tape and work with a person one on one to try and resolve their issue.
“There is a variety of things people can walk away with," says Selk. "I would say the first thing is peace of mind. The second thing is certainly understanding your next steps, so it could be visiting with the lender, visiting with a non-profit, visiting possibly with a legal aid representative, walk away understanding all the issues and how you can best move forward in your situation."
The event isn’t only for those dealing with mortgage problems. Experts will be on hand to assist with all types of housing issues.
“For people looking at all the various affordable housing options, it would be a great chance to come in and talk to a non-profit counselor about how you access yourself to that system and how you can get yourself to a new place,” says Selk.
This is the first time the organization is bringing the event to the five boroughs. They are expecting about 1,000 people to line up and take advantage of the services.
The free event will be held Monday at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. People line up early, so attendees should expect to wait.
For more information on the event, the participants or to find a list of all the documentation needed to meet the experts, visit www.hopenow.com.