Jupiter, Fla., Named Ambassador City for Raising Awareness of Affordable Housing Opportunities

Jupiter, Fla., has been named a 2009 Ambassador City by the National Association of Realtors® and the U.S. Conference of Mayors for its SOLD on Jupiter program. The program offers potential homebuyers with information, resources and a tour of affordable homes.

The SOLD on Jupiter program was launched in 2007 and is an initiative of the town of Jupiter and the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors®. The groups host two to four SOLD on Jupiter events each year and invite prospective buyers to tour affordable homes in several area neighborhoods.

“Realtors® build communities and are committed to helping homebuyers achieve their dreams of homeownership,” said NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. “The SOLD on Jupiter program should be commended for giving potential homebuyers a better understanding of the home-buying process and the resources available to help them achieve that goal. It also provides more awareness about Jupiter’s neighborhoods and the variety of homes available in their price range.”

The 30-minute parade of neighborhoods highlights affordable townhomes, condos and single-families homes priced from $70,000 to $300,000. During the tours, Realtors® and community leaders are available to answer questions about the homes for sale as well as highlight the neighborhood’s amenities such as schools, parks and shopping.

At the events, housing counselors and lenders are also available to answer questions, discuss financing options and provide information on available homebuyer grants and subsidies. The events are free and open to the public.

At a reception yesterday, Realtor® Len Ferber, 2009 chair of the Housing Opportunity Committee, joined Dustin Joyce, Council for the New American City, to present the Ambassador for Cities plaque and a $5,000 check to Anita McKernan, JTHS Association of Realtors®’ 2009 president and Jupiter Mayor Karen Golonka.

The Ambassadors for Cities program was launched in 2003 by NAR and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, through its Council on the New American City. The program encourages cities and Realtor® associations to form partnerships to promote homeownership and affordable housing opportunities.

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