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Three housing events you might want to know about

If you're trying to cut your utility bills, find a less expensive place in live in pricey Howard County or get a loan modification from Wells Fargo, you might want to check out these events:

Energy conservation. The Fuel Fund of Maryland is partnering up with Direct Energy and The Loading Dock to hold a weatherization fair on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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They promise a hands-on look at subjects ranging from fixing leaks to installing weather stripping and caulking. Oh -- and an intro to "vampire energy," just in time for Halloween.

Where: The Loading Dock, 2 N. Kresson St. in Baltimore.

Affordable housing. Howard County's Moderate Income Housing Unit program is taking applications through Oct. 31 for people hoping to snag a less-pricey home for sale or rent there. Eligible purchasers must have a household income no more than 80 percent of the county's median income, while eligible renters have to be at 60 percent or below. (It ranges depending on family size -- more details here.)

What do they mean by less expensive? For rentals, the monthly cost ranges from $1,147 to $1,376, including utilities.

There's an informational event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 12.

Where: The Other Barn's Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Call 410-313-6497 to register or get more information.

Foreclosure assistance. Wells Fargo is holding a two-day "Home Preservation Workshop" for struggling borrowers in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia on Oct. 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The company said it has invited almost 16,000 customers to attend.

Homeowners can simply show up, but Wells Fargo "strongly" recommends registering by Oct. 18 -- next Tuesday -- to be sure to get one-on-one time.

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Where: The Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, Prince George's Exhibition Hall, 201 Waterfront St. in National Harbor. For more information: 800-405-8067.

Know of other interesting housing events? Please share in the comments.

UPDATE: Make that four events -- see Rosa Cruz's comment below.

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