Howard County housing fair set for April 13

More than 50 real estate professionals will answer home-buying questions about living in Howard County at the county's 7th Annual Come Home to Howard County Housing Fair.

The fair is scheduled April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Long Reach High School in Columbia. More than 1,000 people attended the fair last year.

Real estate professionals, mortgage lenders and housing specialists will be on hand to offer buying and renting guidance to individuals and families in one-on-one meetings and group education sessions.

Guided bus tours will showcase new home communities for rent and purchase in the county for individuals and families of all income levels. Free credit reports and one-on-one counseling will be offered by BB&T Bank, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and Consumer Credit Counseling Services of MD and DE, Inc.

The Fair's Housing Lottery will select two prequalified applicants for the opportunity to purchase one of two newly constructed homes at significantly reduced prices.

The first lottery home is a soon-to-be constructed three-bedroom, two-bath ranch house in the Deep Run Park community in Elkridge; a community that features a playground, swimming pool and clubhouse. Constructed by Professional Building Systems, the modular home is priced at $125,000.  

The second lottery home is part of Ryan Homes' new Ellicott Crossing community in Ellicott City. The townhouse, with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a one-car garage, will be completed in August. The 1,682 square-foot home is priced at $221,154.

Interested candidates must prequalify for the lottery and submit all required paperwork by 5 p.m., April 10. Drawings at the fair will begin at 1:30 and applicants must be present at the time.


The Housing Lottery applications are available for download at or by visiting Howard County Housing at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia. No lottery applications will be accepted at the fair.

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