We first used the program to rent a condo in Little Italy. When we were ready to buy, we looked all over. But this made us strongly consider staying in the neighborhood. There were a lot of factors – convenience to work and we loved the Little Italy neighborhood. So this program was really icing on the cake. We ended up buying the condo next door to the unit we were renting.
This made home ownership in the neighborhood I wanted to live, possible.
It’s good that Case is willing to offer this because it helps improve the area around the campus. So Case benefits. It makes for a safer, improved neighborhood.
It’s a good opportunity for employees. Without this help, we wouldn’t have considered buying a house.
My children were raised in this home. When they were younger, we couldn’t always afford to keep up with maintenance work. When this program came along, I thought, ‘Wow. Now’s the time.’ My home needed some work, but I wanted to stay. I didn’t want to go into a new home with a big mortgage. This program encouraged me to stick around.
The program is fabulous. I’m so glad it was available to us. We did more on the outside of our home than we would have if not for the loan. The difference between when we bought the home and now – the value’s increased 90% due in large part to the program.
I think Cleveland could benefit by having more professionals living in the area and this encourages that and makes it possible.
I wasn’t thinking about buying in the city. I was thinking of something in the country. I love fishing. I love hunting. But the additional funding was an incentive. I saw the benefit of being an ‘urban pioneer’ – taking a risk in building something in an urban area. I spent part of my childhood in this neighborhood. I feel I’m giving something back to the area by building something new here.
Neighbors have noticed a difference in my home since the improvements. It makes my home stand out, even though it sits way back from the road. That’s been nice.
I feel I’ve not only invested in my home, but also in the community. I try hard to make the exterior look good. I’ve planted flowers and put wreaths up to make it inviting and welcoming. I want my home to be an asset in the neighborhood.