Do you know someone looking for help buying their first home?

Do you know a potential home buyer who needs help in buying their first home? The Greater Greenville Association of Realtors Housing Fair is a great opportunity to visit with the professionals and learn what you need to know to successfully navigate the home-buying process.

This year’s event is called “Living the Dream: Going from Renter to Homeowner” and will take place a the TD Convention Center on November 5, 2016 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Workshops include:
  • Financial Literacy/Credit 
  • Down Payment Assistant Resources
  • Why Use a Realtor?
  • Identity Theft
  • FHA, USDA Rural Housing, Fannie/Freddie what does it all mean?
  • The Process and what to expect: Searching, Making an Offer, Inspections, Comps, and Closing
Admission is free and open to the public. Be sure to share this opportunity with any potential home buyers looking for guidance in buying their first home.
For more information contact the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors at (864) 672-4427.

Lucy Sabatine

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the Home Builders Association of Greenville, we extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Lucy Sabatine of Roseto, PA, mother of HBA member Nick Sabatine of Greater Greenville Association of Realtors.

Lucy Sabatine, 92, passed away Wednesday December 2, 2015 at home. Born October 21, 1923 in Landisville, NJ, a daughter of the late Peter and Madeline (Leggio) Provenzano. Her beloved husband, Anthony Sabatine, passed away in 1965. She was a seamstress in various garment factories in the Slate Belt Area for many years retiring from the former Girl Fashions in 1991. She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Roseto and UNITE-the garment workers union. She is survived by a daughter Philomena Drogo of Roseto and a son Nicholas and his wife Francine Sabatine of Greenville, SC and granddaughters; Jennifer Francis and her husband Chris of East Earl, PA and Jessica Bremer and her husband Bill of Harrisburg, NC and great grandchildren Kyle and Kyra Francis and William and Derek Bremer and a granddog Lilly. She was predeceased by brothers; Ambrose, Thomas and John and a sister Bessie Provenzano and a son-in-law Michael Drogo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday December 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Third & Garibaldi Avenues, Roseto. Burial will be in the New Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Roseto. Memorial Donations may be offered in Lucy’s name to either the church, 560 North Sixth Street, Bangor, PA 18013 or to Celtic Hospice & Home Health 1619 N. 9th Street, Suite 14, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please keep Nick and his family in your thoughts.

The Ground Hog may have predicted 6 more weeks of winter but at Tuesday’s annual Housing Market Forecast Luncheon predictions were more favorable.

Your HBA, SMC of the Upstate, Greater Greenville Association of Realtors (GGAR), and Upstate Mortgage Lenders Association (affiliate of MBAC) held The Housing Market Forecast Luncheon at TD Convention Center on Tuesday, February 3rd featuring Dr. David Crowe, Chief Economist for NAHB. Dr Crowe brought some very valuable information catering to our unique and growing area. Including this: Crowe predicted that single-family housing starts in the Greenville metro area would grow 17 percent this year, to 3,392. Crowe also mentioned that while Greenville’s housing market still isn’t back to normal following the Great Recession, it should get there over the next two years.
Dr. David Crowe is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Dr. Crowe is responsible for NAHB’s forecast of housing and economic trends, survey research and analysis of the home building industry and consumer preferences as well as micro economic analysis of government policies that affect housing. For more information on Dr. David Crowe click here.
Thank you to all that participated in this event. We would also like to thank our Presenting Sponsor The Greenville News and our table top sponsors:
All About Flooring
Clark’s Termite and Pest Control
GBS Building Supply
Homestead at Hartness
Palmetto Exterminators
The SMC of the Upstate. 

Also, a special thank you goes out to our Volunteers:
Anita Lebold- BankLine Mortgage Corp.
Beth Smith- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Bill Kane- Ryan Homes
Brittany Bailey – Ryan Homes
Deana Long- GBS Building Supply
Gary Cohen- Allen Tate Realtors
Haro Setian- The Haro Group of Keller Williams
Isabell Fleshman- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
James Anderson- Park Sterling Bank
Kathy Weeks- Allen Tate Realtors
Nichole Moore- Arthur Rutenberg Homes
 We look forward to another great Housing Market Forecast Luncheon in 2016!