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Prudential Realty Mart earns $1,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

We are pleased to report that through our volunteer efforts we have earned a $1,000 challenge grant from The Prudential Foundation for the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington.

-Nancy


December 22, 2008

Ms. Mary Alice McKenzie
Boys and Girls Club of Burlington Inc.
62 Oak Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Dear Ms. McKenzie:

On behalf of Nancy Jenkins and the Prudential volunteer team, The Prudential Foundation is pleased to present a $1,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington Inc.

This year, 30,000 volunteers worked on 800 projects in 12 countries. To date, 2,310 projects have earned Challenge Grants totaling more than $2.3 million to partner organizations.

The dedication, creativity and leadership of our volunteers have made Prudential's Global Volunteer Day program an extraordinarily impactful community service initiative. For the past fourteen years, our volunteers have worked with organizations like yours to help address the most pressing needs in our communities.

We are proud of our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington Inc. and wish you continued success. Congratulations on being a recipient of a 2008 challenge grant.

Sincerely,

Gabriella E. Morris
President, The Prudential Foundation

HUD.gov, New Website Launched to Promote Healthy Homeownership

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

This week The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a new website called My Money, My Home, My Future. This site is designed to help American's achieve financial security. It aims to do this by raising financial literacy awareness and by promoting healthy homeownership. I found the website to be very helpful and informative.

-Nancy

HUD LAUNCHES COMPREHENSIVE WEBSITE TO INCREASE FINANCIAL LITERACY, PROMOTE HEALTHY HOMEOWNERSHIP
My Money, My Home, My Future

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today launched a new, comprehensive website to assist Americans with improving financial literacy, sustaining healthy homeownership and achieving financial security.  The My Money, My Home, My Future website provides a range of interactive resources to inform users about the importance of financial literacy, including a Self-Assessment Tool, online games and informative classes.

"It is imperative that Americans are better educated about their finances and understand what it takes to be a responsible homeowner," said HUD Secretary Steve Preston.  "The resources on the website allow families to plan ahead to make smart choices about their finances and homebuying decisions." (more)

NYTimes.com; It May Be Time to Think About Buying a House

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

I thought some of our visitors would be interested in this article.
-Nancy

It May Be Time to Think About Buying a House
By Ron Lieber
Published: December 5, 2008

Five or 10 years from now, when the financial crisis has ended and housing prices are up smartly once more, we will look in the rearview mirror and realize that we missed a golden age for first-time home buyers.

Then, everyone who sat on their down payment savings accounts for a few years too long will kick themselves for not taking advantage of what may turn out to be the buying opportunity of a lifetime for those who can qualify for a mortgage.

Unfortunately, we do not know when this golden age will begin, because we will be able to identify a bottom to the housing market only with the benefit of hindsight. But as it does with the stock market, the moment will probably arrive when everyone is feeling the most pessimistic. (more)

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