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Folks who are looking to buy their first home or looking for a place to rent should attend the 2014 Northern Virginia Housing Expo on March 29, which is free to the public. Resources at the annual event, which will run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, will include workshops and exhibits.

“We want folks to come in and ask, ‘How do I go about purchasing a home? How do I prepare to rent a home? How are my finances?’” said Elijah Johnson, Prince William County’s Housing and Community Development Director. “Those are some of the workshops that we’ll be having; teaching people that home-buying process.”

Exhibitors ranging from real estate brokers, to home builders, to lenders and apartment complex managers, will be at the event to help people who are looking for a place to live. Among other things, visitors to the event will be able to learn about the legal aspects of buying a home, the paper work involved in home buying, how to save and prepare for home ownership, and how to keep abreast of changes in the marketplace.

Johnson said everyone from potential first-time homebuyers and renters to seniors looking at reverse mortgages will be able to find useful information at the event. “The biggest thing is it’s going to bring that educational piece. It’ll educate people about how to go about that home-buying process.”

For more information, visit the Prince William Housing and Community Development Department’s website.

-Submitted by Prince William County