Debbie Arrington

Can you afford a home? Experts show you the options at free event

A new Oak Park sign similar to the first “Gateway Arch,” which went up in 1903 in what was then Sacramento’s newly established first suburb, welcomes visitors to McClatchy Park at Fifth Avenue and 35th Street.
A new Oak Park sign similar to the first “Gateway Arch,” which went up in 1903 in what was then Sacramento’s newly established first suburb, welcomes visitors to McClatchy Park at Fifth Avenue and 35th Street. Sacramento Bee file

Think you can’t afford to own a home? You may have more options than you realize.

Learn how to achieve the American Dream at a special housing fair, hosted by the Sacramento Association of Realtors.

Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7, the free event will be held at the Oak Park Community Center and will focus on that Sacramento neighborhood.

“The object is to help people be able to buy homes in their own neighborhoods,” explained longtime Realtor Barbara Harsch of Lyon Real Estate. “Gentrification is a big issue in Oak Park, and we hope that people with information may be able to buy there.”

Titled “Overcoming the Obstacles to Home Ownership in Today’s Market,” the event is like a condensed course in how to buy a home. Experts on down payment assistance programs, home loans for veterans, credit repair, renter help and protections and legal questions. Find out what you can afford and how you can make it happen through local resources and programs.

Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer will be the keynote speaker. Translators will be available as will help with financial literacy. The first 75 attendees will get a bonus: A voucher for a free lunch. Find out more at www.sacrealtor.org.

Ready for 2018?

Fall is barely started and we’re all ready thinking about a new year. Why? The Placer County Master Gardeners released their new calendar and gardening guide for 2018.

Available at several nurseries and garden-related businesses in Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties, the 26th edition of this popular publication focuses on “Unleashing the Secrets to Successful Gardening” with advice specifically for the Sierra foothills.

“In this year’s calendar are some common strategies essential to success including watering, pruning, improving soil, identifying and dealing with problems such as weeds, invasive plants and disease, tool selection and general garden planning,” said Susan Nelson, who co-chaired the calendar project with Carolyn McElhany.

The guide ($10) also is sold at the Placer County Master Gardeners’ office and via its website.

These hard-working volunteers also will sell the guide at several upcoming events including the Auburn Home Show, Mountain Mandarin Festival and farmers markets in Auburn and Roseville.

It’s a great way to plan ahead for another (and better) gardening year.

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